Bullying and bullying in a team: Out of the hell of a colleague

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“Hell is the others,” said the French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, describing what is part of everyday life for many workers, particularly in times of crisis: being harassed at work. It often starts harmlessly, but it can expand - if you don't do anything about it.

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Actually, bullying is Platzhirschgerangel: Who bully is afraid for his position and tries to defend it - but with unfair means and back, not in an open fight. The shy bully often!

For example, colleagues simply simply do not align important information or one is criticized again and again despite all the effort. By always only the unpleasant or even senseless work. Or by other gossiping rumors about a circulating and behind guming about one. If the bullying does not happen immediately, the rejection can quickly become a systematic harassment.

Not a single act, but a behavioral pattern

Because bullying is not a single act, but a behavioral pattern that usually takes place over a longer period of time. Behind it is in many cases method. Especially when in times of crisis, the fear for the workplace is great, is increasingly bullied in order to eliminate competitors. If the economy is doing better, the internal bullying usually decreases.

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According to a report by the “New Quality of Work” initiative, eleven percent of employees in Germany have been harassed before. Usually the bullies are colleagues or the boss. A minority is also bullied by subordinates. Psychologists assume that the perpetrators compensate for their own negative feelings and fears through the bullying.

Mobbing in social media

In addition, just through the social media bullying has again gained undreamt of importance. On the one hand, social media shows us every day how seemingly better other people are. On the other hand, social media just makes anonymous cyberbullying a lot, much easier.

Although bullying is not necessarily part of social media, our author Katharina Antonia Heder finds that in her article Cyberbullying in social media, it takes, as it were by connecting with certain and not with all users, the addition of permissions for certain content, of course, an exclusion of certain users. Heder summarizes:

“This does not have to be preceded by a negative intention or a planned exclusion as a motive, but it is in the natural action of people to deal with the people who are important to them. In contrast to working life, social networks have a serious problem when it comes to dealing with bullying: The content is difficult to track down because it is distorted by attitudes to privacy, nicknames and the like. At the same time, as the person concerned, I can report the content - in addition to the author, it can only be deleted by the platform owner and that may take a while.

Women are bullied more frequently

While there is not the typical bullying victim, particularly young professionals are affected under 25 years as well as older workers. Almost three times more women are bullied than men, who are mostly the perpetrators. As a rule, bullying victims are, on average, more anxious, submissive and conflict-abiding.

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The problem is: in the long run, no one endures such personal attacks without bruises. Regular hostile attacks produce negative feelings and strong uncertainties among those affected, which mostly does not have any consequences on their work and performance behavior.

Study: 71% demotivated by mobbing!

According to a study by the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health 71,9 percent of those affected feel demotivated by the mobbing, 67,9 are increasingly distrustful, 58,9 percent withdraw from their environment.

(57,7 per cent), self-doubt (57,0 per cent), anxiety (54,3 per cent) and concentration weaknesses (53,2 per cent).

Do something about it - only what?

A man should not take bullying lightly, as it can lead to dismissal, severe physical discomfort, mental illness, even permanent disability and even suicide of the victim.

Therefore, it is important to do something about it in time by talking to others and getting advice and assistance. But the most important thing is to defend oneself and to set limits to the perpetrator, so that he does not feel confirmed to continue to bob.

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Economic disadvantages!

But that too Company has disadvantages due to bullying: The loss of production due to bullying is estimated to amount to more than 4,4 billion euros per year in Germany alone. Basically, companies should make sure that bullying does not even occur - for example, by changing the organization of work.

Monotonous work, heavy pressure, extreme competition or overload often lead employees to react their frustration to a supposedly weaker colleague.

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