Those of us who experienced workplace bullying firsthand remember a specific period of time: the window of time after the bullying pattern started when we felt most isolated and before we knew the term “workplace bullying.”
Think about that time for a moment.
Remember when you discovered the term. You may have searched online for help and stumbled into the term. You may have read what workplace bullying is and what its effects are on your health. You may even remember exactly where you were when you found the term. You suddenly felt less alone. You suddenly felt as though you weren’t crazy, you weren’t imagining what was happening to you, and you were and should have been just as shocked by your experience as your friends and family when you described it to them.
There are thousands of people out there just like you and me who feel isolated today. People who have no idea that what’s happening to them at work isn’t their fault. These are the people who would join our base of supporters and champion the Healthy Workplace Bill moving forward — if only they knew what workplace bullying is.
These are the people who we need to educate on a simple, basic level: what is workplace bullying?
Take these people out of isolation by telling them what workplace bullying is. Start by simply sharing this Facebook post: https://www.facebook.com/mahealthyworkplace/photos/a.172074449491631.40768.163450923687317/845756905456712/?type=1
Don’t let another day go by letting these people live in isolation. Help make the term “workplace bullying” a household term so that no one has to live the isolation you went through before you took back the power and became an advocate.
What was it like for you to discover the term “workplace bullying”? Do you remember where you were, how you discovered it, and what it felt like?