Organizational Impotence and Bullying

Dr. Garie Namie collected some enlightening data  from some 800 bullying targets who visited the Institute for Workplace Bullying website.

One the most interesting questions was: When the employer was told about the bulling, what did the employer do?

Here are the responses… ready?

  • 1.7% – conducted fair investigation and protected target from further bullying, with negative consequences for the bully
  • 6.2% – conducted fair investigation with negative consequences for the bull, but no safety for the target
  • 8.7% – inadequate/unfair investigation; no consequences for bully or target
  • 31% – inadequate/unfair investigation; no consequences for bully but target was retaliated against
  • 12.8% – employer did nothing; ignored the complaint; no consequences for bully or target
  • 15.7% – employer did nothing; target was retaliated against for reporting the bullying but kept job
  • 24% – employer did nothing; target was retaliated against and eventually lost job

In  short, a whopping 52.5% of employers did nothing, and another 29.7% conducted inadequate investigations!

If you’re reading this and thinking `this must be inaccurate’, let me inform you that my observations in various sectors lead me to believe that this data is pretty accurate.

Even in our own wonderful Canada.

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