The effects of the recession on workers’ savings has forced many to put off retirement a little longer. It’s also spurred a troubling workplace trend.
The incidents of bullying among older employees seems to be on the rise.
The proof: Twenty-nine percent of employees age 55 and older said they been bullied at work, compared to 25% of workers in the 35-44 age group, according to a recent CareerBuilder study.
Even more troubling: The number of age-based harassment claims received by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in 2011 was 6,406, a significant increase from the 5,181 the EEOC got in 2007.
So it may be a good idea to tell managers and supervisors to be on the lookout for incidences of bullying among your older staffers. Also, let all employees know: Bullying in any form will not be tolerated in the workplace.