This article starts out describing a case where employees were given a new supervisor who turned the workplace into a “living hell”. The new boss did not curse at workers but would regularly scold them, send out harsh emails, and yell at them. This created such a hostile work environment that cases like these were brought to the attention of the state, who took action. On January 1st, a state law will be taking effect requiring employers in California with 50 or more workers to include lessons on anti-workplace bullying. This will apply when they carry out state-mandated sexual harassment training for supervisors.
Workplace Bullying Post
Many of us have experienced being bullied at one point in our lives and it’s a serious issue that can cause health problems such as anxiety and depression. This problem is not just in schools, it’s even happening in the workplace. Workplace bullying can come from anyone, your peers or your boss. The article states that the boss would often call out workers with phrases like “I told you,” or “I gave you a direct order.” This shows that the boss views his employees from a Theory X perspective, needing to constantly monitor and pressure their performance to get work done. He may also identify them as having a type B personality, relaxed and not caring about their work. The goal of human relations is to create a win-win situation for both the employer and employee by satisfying the employees needs while achieving organizational objectives. The boss fails at creating this win-win because not only does he create a hostile work environment, but some objectives are clearly not being met. Part of the reason employees may not be performing well is due to the Pygmalion Effect. If the boss treats employees like bad workers, they will perform like bad workers. All in all, workplace bullying is a serious problem and needs to be dealt with.