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How to cope with bullying in the workplace

Since 2003, 24 states have introduced bills to protect against workplace bullying, but none of these bills have passed into law. An estimated one in seven employees are bullied at work, usually by their bosses. Women are more likely to be victims than men.And since there aren't really any laws to protect them, workers have almost no legal recourse when a bully boss embarrasses, harasses, humiliates and/or mistreats them. The consequences can be emotionally and physically devastating. Victims of workplace bullies can suffer from anxiety, post-traumatic stress syndrome, depression and physical ailments associated with chronic stress like high blood pressure, migraines, stomach troubles and heart disease.  Studies also show that when under constant stress, people are less able to regulate their emotions, to concentrate, and to make decisions, which may make people perform their job poorly; thus perpetuate more bullying.Bullying is not just being an aggressive manager.  According to Garie ...

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