Unmasking the face of workplace cyber-bullying

HR can step up to shut down newer forms of harassment
By Lisa Barrow
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/12/2014

With the growing availability and use of newer technologies, workplace cyber-bullying is on the rise.

And it comes in many forms, whether it’s an employee who is constantly monitored or interrupted by his boss with early morning and late night emails or texts demanding immediate responses, or a worker who finds derogatory, anonymous comments on her Facebook page that question her abilities at work.

Co-workers may resort to cyber-bullying to harass or discredit a colleague who is a candidate for promotion or special acknowledgement. Managers may rely on electronic forms of contact to control, motivate and intimidate staff.