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Ostracism: worse than workplace bullying

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“We’ve been taught that ignoring someone is socially preferable–if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all,” says Professor Sandra Robinson in a University statement.“But ostracism actually leads people to feel more helpless, like they’re not worthy of any attention at all.”Robinson, who co-authored the study, explained that ostracism is where people do not engage some co-workers on the same level as others, leaving them feeling left out and excluded.

So what should companies do? Discourage ostracizing and lay off the person?

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