Freddie Shapp: “You’re on the 2 AM to 5 AM slot.”
Ron Burgundy: “What? That’s the graveyard shift!”
It may take more than a ghost to scare Brick, he’s one tough guy, but he doesn’t cope so well when it comes to bullies. Workplace bullying is responsible for costing kiwi employers tens of millions of dollars every year. According to a joint university study in 2012 one in five kiwi workers suffer from workplace bullying. It’s no surprise bullying costs employers so much when you look at the effects on those targeted, some of which include:
- high levels of stress;
- reduced job satisfaction and commitment to the organisation;
- withdrawal, leading to decreased productivity;
- decreased concentration,
- absenteeism and higher staff turnover.
Bullying affects everyone: the victim, their family, their friends, other employees and a business’s reputation. A bully can transform a pleasant workplace into a dreaded climate of fear, frustration and disconnect. Victims may reach out to co-workers to gain sympathy and support, causing a ripple effect throughout the workplace that may have the effect of normalising and enforcing the behaviour.