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Have you ever experienced Cyberbullying in the workplace?

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Reflective_Joy
Cyberbullying in the workplace. This can be defined as any bullying done using electronic devices within a working environment or on company property.Such as through company email, company cell phones or even through your own smart devices if a co worker should know your personal email or phone number. Cyberbullying in the workplace can affect any age group or industry.

I myself have experienced this type of cyberbullying but I was lucky to have the support of my company behind me. It can definitely affect productivity, our mental health and professional relationships.

So what are you thoughts about workplace cyberbullying? Have you experienced or witnessed it?

What do you think needs to be done to help reduce or eradicate this issue?
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Suzanne
I've seen serious cyberbullying and harassment happening at a company one of my family work for. It's awful because she thought her career was going to spent at this company but the men have all been emailing photoshopped images of her around the office and it's ruined her career. Cyberbullying is everywhere I'm afraid. Cybersmile have a section on this because my sister got some information from their 'cyberbullying at work' section of the site - here's a link www.cybersmile.org/advice-help/category/cyberbullying-at-work Great topic Reflective Joy!
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CybersmileTeam
This is a really important topic so thank you for creating it! We are seeing more and more victims of digital abuse at work ranging from rude emails and abusive messages right through to printouts of counterfeit explicit images. If anybody is affected by cyberbullying in the workplace please email [email protected] for professional support 24/7. Well done guys!
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David85
This is something all employers have to be aware of because of employment health and safety laws; duty of care, harassment in the workplace etc. No employer wants to end up in court for failing to deal with workplace bullying. If it happens to you at work then your employer must help, its as simple as that.
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DeborahParker
I have been cyber bullied in several jobs that I have had. But this is the first time that I have been backed by the company to sinelnce the bully and defend my position as a woman and an employee. This experience has helped me help several other woman in different states who are facing cyberbullies and bullying in general. My experiences have helped them to know what steps they need to take to stop this from continuing.

First, I blocked them on my devises and ignored them completely other than necessary work related items, then reported to a direct supervisor, who directed me to HR department. They filed a case against the bully so that any form of communication from them would cease-cyber or otherwise. They have checked back with me periodically to make sure that there are no repercussions falling back on me.
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Reflective_Joy
Thanks for the great posts guys! Such an important topic as the CybersmileTeam pointed out.

SUZANNE: I am so sorry to hear a family member of yours had to go through that. That must have been devastating for them. That is definitely a very serious form of cyberbullying and I wouldn't be surprised if it's a lot more common than we think. Thank you for sharing the link on workplace bullying. I completely forgot to add it!

DEBORAHPARKER: Thank you for sharing your experience. That must have been incredibly difficult to have to go through. Especially as it happened more than once. I think it's great that something good came out of such a horrible situation- that you are able to help support others going through it.

I think it's fantastic too that you had an employer who backed you up and offered you support and guidance.That makes all the difference in the world. I know in my case, It really made a difference in how I internalized and experienced it. Validation & support from our employers, can really boost our self esteem and reduce the negative implications that naturally arise from going through such a painful and personal event. I think more and more companies are recognizing the seriousness of work place bullying and how digital resources are being manipulated to harass and intimidate. There is still a long way to go, but thankfully through organizations such as Cybersmile, there is more awareness and real tools being offered that can help support both employers and employees.

If you feel employers are not doing enough, what would you like to see improved?