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The workplace bully affects the bottom line

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"Workplace bullying absolutely exists and it does tend to mirror the bullying that you saw as a child on a school ground." "Workplace bullying absolutely exists and it does tend to mirror the bullying that you saw as a child on a school ground."
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Workplace bullying is generally described as a person or group in a workplace singling out another person for treatment that is embarrassing, or intimidating.

It is thought that a thing like bullying is a problem for school aged kids and not adults. But the bullying issue is a growing concern for employees. Beth Blanchard from Beresford Group, a Charleston consulting firm, says it's a new concern for business owners.

"Workplace bullying absolutely exists and it does tend to mirror the bullying that you saw as a child on a school ground."

Blanchard's Human Resource firm also offers classes on addressing adult bullying in the workplace. Blanchard tells News 2 she is getting more calls from companies wanting some insight into bullying and how to control it.

"They understand that it is an issue, they understand that employees are presenting it or coming to senior management over issues."

A tactful ribbing in the workplace is certainly not that uncommon but what are the boundaries and at what point is a playful jab crossing the line? Blanchard says there is an obvious difference in the interactions.

"You cross the line when a bully's behavior is persuasive abusive or their behavior is belittling to someone."

Business owners and corporations are starting to address the concerns, indicating what such behavior can do to a collective mood and the company's image, and when it comes to the bottom line, Blanchard says it's a sound business move. "If you are not intimidating someone and you are not belittling them you're not decreasing morale you are increasing the teamwork."

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