Being a target of persistent workplace aggression integrates into every aspect of one’s personal and professional life. It is difficult to explain how persistent workplace aggression overshadows everything that a target does, often making a target wear blinders to the effects.
Targets experience a wide range of physical health difficulties because of victimization. The impact of persistent workplace aggression on one’s health often starts out small and are attributed to routine effects from balancing work and households. Targets may experience sleep or eating issues. It can even exacerbate physical conditions that the target is diagnosed with. Over time, the physical health consequences increase and can become significant.
The physical health issues are additional consequences the target deals with because of persistent workplace aggression. This is a result of internalizing the overwhelming and regular abuse that they suffer at work. The lack of intervention from organizations re-victimizes targets which leads to additional physical responses for them.
Many targets increase the use of their health insurance, visit their doctor more often, and have additional absences at work due to physical ailments. Many victims report a wide range of physical diagnoses none of which have been linked to workplace bullying. Again, this is because these diagnoses can often be attributed to other factors in a person’s life.
I have had many conversations with targets who have described the devastation to their health. Recently, my own experience with this reinforces the impact that persistent workplace aggression has on physical health.
I have been diabetic for a long time and it has been under control from the start. During the past six months, I struggled with getting my blood sugar into the normal range and at the same time, the persistent workplace aggression I suffered intensified immensely. As this was happening, I was consumed with surviving and what was going on at work that I attributed the lack of control with been a long time diabetic and aging. Even though I study this issue, I failed to make any connections between work and health issues because I was could not see past the abuse.
Upon reflection, I now know that it was persistent workplace aggression that I was experiencing that influenced my health negatively. I say this with a great deal of confidence because within two weeks of resigning, my blood sugar was under control and back to normal.
It is time that organizations make addressing persistent workplace aggression a priority since the consequences are so detrimental to targets. It is no longer acceptable for organizations to ignore this issue. It is just costing organizations and workers too much.
If you or your organization are experiencing persistent workplace aggression, please contact me at email@example.com or (320) 309-2360. You can also visit my website at www.jankircher.com. Help is out there.