This 2017 Worldwide Workplace Bullying Survey is sponsored by
Executive Secretary Magazine, Bonnie Low-Kramen and Carole Spiers.
This could be one of the most important and truthful pieces of workplace research of the decade. Please READ AND SHARE this document.
Warning: These Workplace Bullying Survey results are not easy reading. Clearly, we must work to find ways to stop this global epidemic.
Intro by BONNIE LOW-KRAMEN
“When you know better, do better.” This quote by Maya Angelou is the reason why I co-sponsored this first-ever international workplace bullying survey.
From my work training assistants all over the world and from hearing hundreds of stories, I know
that we have a global epidemic. The survey results prove it. 69% of the respondents have personally experienced workplace bullying in their careers and 67% have had it occur on more than 3 occasions.
World, we have a problem.
There are numerous issues that this data raises but to me, the top 3 are:
1. The trauma of bullying does not only last for the day it happens. It lasts for weeks, months, and
sometimes years. Assistants can instantly recall the exact words that were said to them, the time
of day, and what they were wearing. The human price we are paying is far too high.
2. The trauma of bullying eats away at people’s morale, productivity, and ability to work at optimum
effectiveness. Leaders need to be aware that to permit these behaviors to persist means profits
decrease due to absenteeism, presenteeism, and low motivation. Can anyone produce great work
while feeling humiliated?
3. The data shows that we need a fresh look at the problem by our leaders and human resources
professionals in collaboration with the staff and recruiters in order to come up with a realistic
plan, which begins with setting clear expectations at the start.
The future of our global workplace is at stake. This is not hyperbole. Awareness is the first step which
was the goal of the survey. Training and education is the second. New and effective policies that are
actually enforced and based on accountability and consequences is the third.
When we break the silence and the destructive cycle of bullying, the workplace will transform not
only for ourselves but for our daughters and sons. As leadership expert Simon Sinek says, “Imagine a
world where people feel safe at work.” I can imagine it. Can you?
Let us shine a bright light on the workplace issues that face us. Only then will we have a chance to solve them. Your comments are welcome. Thank you.
Link to the complete survey: http://executivesecretary.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Bullying-Supplement-vol-7-iss-2-1.pdf