Cyberbullying can be harsher than other forms of workplace bullying: Study

Anonymity of perpetrators, large audiences, lack of safe haven heighten impact
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/04/2012

Bullying is a hot topic in workplaces, as legislation in some jurisdictions has heightened both the awareness and penalties for harassment and violence.

But not all work-related bullying takes place face-to-face, or even in the workplace. Are employers taking less visible, non-traditional bullying — through emails, texts, blogs or social networking — seriously? If not, they should be, according to a study out of the United Kingdom.

Eight out of 10 employees have experienced some kind of cyberbullying behaviour in the last six months, while anywhere from 14 per cent to 20 per cent have experienced this behaviour — such as being harassed by emails, abusive postings, being ignored or malicious gossip — at least once per week.