Workplace bullying can be devastating to one’s physical health causing a person to frequent their doctor more often. But, do medical professionals ask about what is happening at your work to better understand your health?

Best practice dictates that medical professionals do a thorough assessment of what is happening to you both personally and professionally. This includes asking questions about your work environment during your doctor’s visit so they can accurately treat your physical conditions. However, this is more often the exception rather than the rule. As such, targets and bystanders need to disclose what is happening at work to their doctor and nurses so get the best diagnosis even if they are not asked.

For myself, I have never been asked about the quality of my work environment or my work in general. My own lack of disclosure coupled with my doctor not asking made it difficult for medical professionals to accurately evaluate the causes of my health problems. 

Medical professionals should ask probing questions about the quality of one’s work environment to help with harm reduction. It is imperative that targets and bystanders of workplace abuse disclose what they are experiencing to their doctors as well. This will help medical professionals provide better care which should alleviate the physical conditions that targets and bystanders experience.

A word of caution for targets and bystanders. Critically evaluate any suggestions given because medical professionals, like many professions, have limited knowledge of how to effectively address bullying in the actual workplace. Increased education for medical professionals is needed.

If you or the organization you work for is experiencing persistent workplace aggression, please contact me at jankircher@jankircher.com or (320) 309-2360. You can also visit my website at www.jankircher.com. Help is out there.



03/07/2017 5:42am

I have an experienced before where I've been discriminated in my workplace because I'm a lesbian. That really stressed me a lot because why discriminate someone because of gender and not by the way I handle my work. I was talking about everyday and I can't help but feel out of place in the office. Along the way, I was depressed with what's happening, but I asked for an advice to my friend who is doing the counseling. She helped me through the process and she told me that I shouldn't mind them and just do my work effectively. I resigned after one year because l landed on a job with a better environment.

07/05/2017 5:15am

People need to realize bullying has just as much of an impact online because words are so cutting and difficult to deal with. Changing laws and changing the political dialogue, while necessary, is insufficient to ensure that bullying stops; to ensure that every young person is supported by their parents and their teachers as they question who they are and they discover who they are regardless of the sexuality. Everyone in America likely has a bullying story, whether as the victim, bully or as a witness. I know how bad bullying can hurt. I was bullied when I was a kid. Everyone who wants to do good to the human race always ends in universal bullying.


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