Ostracism an often-overlooked form of workplace bullying, finds study

Social exclusion can be equally or more damaging than harassment
By Liz Bernier
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 07/14/2014

Maybe it was an important meeting that you weren’t invited to. Maybe it was an email you weren’t copied on. Maybe it was just that your department went out for coffee and neglected to tell you.

Workplace ostracism can take many forms — it can be overt but it can also be very subtle. Too often, ostracism and exclusion go unnoticed by everyone but the victim.

But ostracism is a form of bullying that can be even more damaging than outright harassment, according to a paper by Canadian researchers.