Bullying is theft

Nov 26, 2013

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Stealing and burglary are not permitted by law and bullying shouldn’t be either. If you think those two aren’t related, they are. Bullying really is theft. 

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines bullying as frightening, insulting, forcing, or threatening -- a smaller or weaker person.

In a corporate setting, bullying can create a palpable loss to the organization. It can reduce the efficiency of work and production due to stress and anxiety. Victims, who may be successful employees, might refrain from sharing new ideas or solutions in fear of being bullied.

Bullied employees could potentially leave the organization -which creates a loss, again. The Miami Dolphins provide a perfect example of this. Recently their tackle, Jonathon Martin, suddenly quit due to bullying by an established teammate.

Employers should take protective measures to avoid theft and they should do the same to avoid bullying, by not permitting it in the workplace.

As the saying goes, “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” If an adult or parent is a bully and gets away with it, a child will too. If bullying is theft for adults, what is it for kids?  Assault by proxy.  When a child is severely bullied it can sometimes lead to self-harm or suicide.

Parents of bullies should be held more accountable, just as employers of dishonest employees are liable. Employers and children will continuing doing what they know they can get away with. A little correction and monitoring can go a long way.

Author, Seth Godin, reminds us that, “Most bullies aren't sociopaths, immune to correction. They are opportunists, using the tools that have often worked for them in the past.”  Take away those tools and supervise where the bullying is occurring.

If the bullying is occurring online, or if you want to avoid it, use Net Nanny Social. Parents can monitor their child’s comments, pictures, and their friends (or not so friendly friends) on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Google+ and LinkedIn to keep private matters private.

Source: http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2013/11/bullying-is-theft.html