What is Bullying (Mobbing) in the Workplace?
Workplace bullying refers to the repeated, systematic, and continuous exertion of psychological or physical pressure on an individual by one or more individuals in the work environment. This type of abuse can be verbal abuse, humiliation, exclusion, harassment, or even physical violence. Bullying can cause severe psychological distress and may result in the victim losing their job or even becoming ill. Victims must turn to someone they trust for support and to speak out against bullying. There are also dedicated services that can support victims and help them deal with workplace bullying.
Bullying – the repeated, systematic, and continuous exertion of psychological or physical pressure on an individual.
According to a Statista survey, 29 percent of employees in Germany have experienced bullying themselves.
Bullying at the Workplace Makes You Sick
Constant bullying by colleagues or superiors at work affects mental and physical health. Even after work, you can’t stop thinking about the abuse you’re going through. Especially at night, when you should get some sleep, you struggle with this situation. In the long run, it will wear you down and make you sick. Therefore, sooner or later, the following symptoms and diseases appear:
- Loss of Appetite
- Concentrating problems
- Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome
What Can I Do?
First, try to contact the supervisor at the company who is above the person or people who are bullying you. If this does not deliver any result, contact your doctor. You should tell your doctor without fear or shame that you have a problem with workplace bullying. Your doctor will assess whether you should be given sick leave.
Bullying can lead to depression, cardiovascular problems and sleep disorders for those affected.
It is also advisable to contact an Employment Law Attorney. Because of these situations it is good to have Legal Protection Insurance (Rechtsschutzversicherung).
Lastly, it may be best to change positions within the company or even switch companies.
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