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Silent workplace ostracism more harmful than outright bullying

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HC Online | 11 Jun 2014, 11:49 AM Agree 0
If someone is being ignored at work, they’re more likely to drop out of your company than if they’re being flagrantly harassed.
  • Deb | 11 Jun 2014, 12:35 PM Agree 0
    I find this one divided on gender lines. Women are very likely to use exclusion as a punishment and in my experience male managers don't see it as a problem. I had an office manager barely speak to me for over 3 months (lots of "Sue, please ask Debbie if she has done the banking" - while I was sitting at the next desk) - it was very uncomfortable and made it hard to come to work but the GM didn't see it as an issue; he basically told me to get over it.
  • Adam | 11 Jun 2014, 01:37 PM Agree 0
    Deb, I agree up to a point. However, males can also feel very isolated when excluded. I think it does start way back in school; when it was simply devastating "to be sent to Coventry" (using the British idiom here) or deliberately ostracised. It is bullying, pure and simple. Your GM was wrong.
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