Target did file a lawsuit — 8.9% (n=379) Effectiveness of filing a lawsuit: 16.4% The purpose of this study was to have individuals intimately familiar with bullying (those directly experiencing it or witnessing it) describe the effectiveness of various adopted tactics or strategies to stop the bullying. Letting time pass (doing nothing) stopped bullying 3% of the time, an obviously ineffective tactic.However the other tactics — confronting, imploring the bully’s boss, filing an HR complaint, or telling senior management — were as ineffective as doing nothing.In this 2012 survey, Respondents were asked: Harassment is illegal if based on discrimination (membership in a protected class, such as gender, disability, religion, age or veteran status).Did the employer have a policy to address workplace mistreatment separate from discrimination?The impunity, no consequences, rate for bullies is still 89%.A Flubbed Policy Question In a prior 2010 WBI Instant Poll, respondents said that only 3% of employers had a policy to specifically address workplace bullying.In early 2012, we asked 1,598 individuals personally familiar with workplace bullying what strategies they adopted to get their bullying to stop and if those actions were effective. WBI periodically conducts online surveys that rely upon self-selected samples of individuals bullied at work.WBI online surveys accurately depict the perceptions of workers targeted for bullying at work as contrasted with the views of all adult Americans captured in our scientific national surveys.
For the few unionized respondents, the rate was double HR’s effectiveness.
To illustrate the special nature of this sample, in the 2010 WBI National Survey 9% of adult Americans were currently bullied, 26% had been bullied, and 15% were witnesses only.
Most perpetrators, according to this survey, were women (63% compared to 62% men in the national sample).
Some weirdos even suggest that targets have a “personal responsibility” to confront their bullies, that they “owe” it to themselves. Those steps cause greater harm because of the certain retaliation.
So, we submitted those suggestions to empirical study.