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.