Ever feel like you’re the unofficial “shock absorber” in your organization, soaking up the complaints and abuse from all corners of the workplace? A recent study says many HR professionals serve such a role—and they’re paying a heavy price for it.
More than one-third of HR professionals say they’re bullied by either executives, managers or co-workers, according to a recent survey, HR in the Crossfire, by Teresa Daniel, professor of HR programs and dean at Sullivan University in Louisville.
The bullying includes verbal abuse (yelling, screaming, cursing), threats, intimidation, harassment, derogatory emails, the spreading of rumors and lies, angry confrontations and work sabotage or interference. The bullying typically comes from managers and supervisors.
As Daniel told the Society for Human Resource (register to read more)(SHRM), HR’s job is to coach and challenge managers and employees, but “often these conversations can trigger a nega...