Unfortunately, bullying at work has always occurred, but the boom in digital technology has now added a new dimension to the problem. Social media platforms and the ease of sharing content has made the potential for public humiliation and cyberbullying at work far too common. There are many ways that cyberbullying and online abuse can affect you at work. Here are some of the most common methods.
Negative and humiliating comments shared via email, allowing other work colleagues and managers to read the messages. This problem can also be amplified by the creation of offensive memes or the sharing of embarrassing or humiliating social media posts or video content.
Communications that contain offensive comments or images referring to race, religion or sexual preferences all amount to cyberbullying at work. The sharing of inappropriate, embarrassing and offensive pictures or video of an individual throughout the workplace can lead to serious levels of distress. Using group emails or work forums to encourage people to post negative comments about an individual is also widespread and extremely distressing.
You may be bombarded with work and performance-related emails and unrealistic workloads, while the rest of your team is left alone.
Rumors and gossip spread via social media can give workplace cyberbullying a much wider audience. Repeated friend and connection requests from managers and your boss can lead to unnecessary pressure and can even constitute harassment.
Remember that if you need help with cyberbullying or abuse at work, we can help. We have a Total Access Support section which explains the various ways we can provide support for your particular problem. Alternatively, you can access our international network of trained advisors through our Global Support Service.