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Workplace bullying: When HR is the target

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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 Management (SHRM), HR’s job is to coach and challenge managers and employees, but “often these conversations can trigger a nega...(register to read more)

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Denise Campbell June 13, 2012 at 10:54 pm

I often wondered if there was research on HR burnout from having to be a constant buffer?


Kathleen Bartle May 16, 2012 at 8:44 pm

As a Conflict Consultant, I can attest to the pressure and abuse HR has to deal with on a daily basis. Some my clients are HR professionals who call me for advice and guidance. HR professionals are between the rock and the hard place of having to take complaints and the confront the alleged bully. How could they not be victimized? Those who use bullying tactics are used to getting their way by intimidating others and they won’t stop at HR. Interestingly, some are not even aware that they are behaving like bullies which creates more challenges for the HR professional. But things can be different and many bullies can learn new behaviors. Visit my website for more info.


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