It’s almost a year since I conducted my first Weekend Poll on workplace bullying. I’d been approached by more than one reader to ask their peers around the globe about their experiences. I’d not directly encountered or observed workplace bullying, but it turned out that wasn’t the case for everyone.
What is Bullying?
When we think of bullying, the mind often turns to the schoolyard. If you do an online search for a definition of the term, you’ll find multiple references to childhood and adolescent behaviour. There, you’ll find definitions of bullying referring to “a child or adolescent with greater social capital or power pushing around a child perceived as subordinate”.
We recognise, though, that bullying can take a number of forms. Take the schoolyard out of the equation, and you might land at this definition:
A bully: someone with social capita or power who intentionally and repeatedly pushes around someone perceived as a subordinate
This leads us to this Weekend Poll:
Have you been bullied in the workplace?
Please take a couple of minutes to complete the poll below. As always, I look forward to hearing what you have to say and will publish results on Tuesday. Since this builds on my 2016 Weekend Poll on the same topic, I’ll include year-over-year (YOY) data in the results.