When you think about bullying, what’s the first image that comes to mind? Might it be that of a child who is being physically and/or verbally abused by another child? Sometimes it’s hard to think of adults being bullied by other adults. But the numbers tell a different story: According to a 2014 national survey from the Workplace Bullying Institute about adult bullying in the workplace:
- 27 percent of Americans have suffered abusive conduct at work;
- 21 percent have personally witnessed it happening to someone else; and
- 72 percent are aware that workplace bullying happens.
Cyberbullying is also a problem that negatively affects adults as much as children. Another 2014 study, by the Pew Research Center, found that nearly three quarters of American adults have witnessed online harassment while 40 percent are the victims of cyberbullying.
Online Resources for Adult Bullying
Operation Respect offers a range of online resources to help teachers and adults who work with children, but what if you’re an adult who is being bullied in your workplace or online? It may be hard to know where (or to whom) to turn for help, to seek resources.
We’ve assembled the following resources that you might find beneficial. Let us know what you think
- Tried and True Ways to Deal with a Workplace Bully
- How to Handle Being Bullied as an Adult
- How the Internet Has Changed Bullying
- Huffington Post articles on Adult Bullying
If you’re reading this post and you have a related resource to recommend, please share a link to it in a comment to this post. Let’s do all we can to support each other! (Isn’t that what being a good human being is all about?)