[Editor’s Note: We are pleased to feature this article on Global Workforce Bullying by guest author Ellen Pinkos Cobb. Ellen is an attorney with many years of experience in the employment law field, and has spent the past two years extensively focusing on psychosocial workplace issues. She is a Senior Regulatory & Legal Analyst for The Isosceles Group, a consulting firm specializing in Environmental, Health and Safety management services. Ellen is based in the firm’s Boston office.]
Think about sexual harassment. It’s not done. And yet, it was done, flagrantly, constantly, with a wink and a nod, until not that long ago. It still happens, but less, and public perception has changed.
In the United States, workplace bullying has been found to be four times more prevalent than sexual harassment. At the Work, Stress, and Health 2011 conference in May, bullying expert Staale Einarsen of Norway described the workplace bullying field as “exploding.”