Bullying leaves deep scars

N.B. research finds bullying leads to despair, affects productivity
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/16/2008

Workplace bullying can be insidious and its targets often blame themselves for the treatment. One woman, who worked for a transportation company in Fredericton for four years, only realized after leaving that she had been the victim of bullying at the hands of the organization’s chief executive officer.

“I didn’t realize what was happening at the time. I thought I must be doing something wrong,” said the woman, who asked not to be named. “It was a gradual process of alienation, of demeaning me, affecting my credibility. You end up questioning yourself on everything you’re doing.”

And she wasn’t the only one. She knew at least eight other colleagues who left because of the treatment they had received — some even sued the company.