While bullying in the workplace is, unfortunately, not a new thing, the increased reliance on internet technology and social media over the last decade or so has led to an increase in what’s known as cyber bullying.
Cyber bullying can be defined as anything liable to cause an individual hurt or offence, which is sent across the internet – either in more personal forms like email, or through a public channel like a social media site.
For example, cyber bullying could take the form of:
- Malicious emails or even SMS text messages
- Electronic communications that feature explicit images, offensive content or offensive jokes tied back to an individual’s ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation
- Electronic communications which were originally meant to correct errors in an individual’s work, which have been sent to others for the purpose of embarrassing the individual
- Comments posted on social media sites about an individual that could be considered malicious or threatening
- A desktop background or screensaver featuring content that could be deemed offensive
- The sharing of manipulated images or videos of an individual that could be considered embarrassing or offensive
While any form of bullying can obviously be hurtful, the widespread reach of the internet and social media means that cyber bullying can be even worse, with the bullying being visible to a wide range of people.
Worse still, it can stick – jeopardising your career progression and future employment chances.
As such, it’s imperative that you do something about it. While speaking to a bully and attempting to reach a peaceful resolution is always the best first course of action, when that’s not possible you should speak to a bullying in the workplace lawyer.
No-one needs to live with bullying – speak to us today and take the first steps toward a more peaceful life.