Nobody likes to be ignored, especially where you work and want to be valued for your contributions; being ignored at work is even comparatively worse than being bullied.
The University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business published their results of a recent survey of 1,300 employees and managers which found that ostracism at the workplace is one of the most socially harmful experiences on the job.
“We’ve been taught that ignoring someone is socially preferable… But ostracism actually leads people to feel more helpless, like they’re not worthy of any attention at all.”
Ostracism happens all the time and is actually more acceptable than other forms of bullying. Whether workers aren’t invited to certain company events or cliques at work openly shun certain workers, it’s a practice that is quite common and a possible productivity and resource drainer.
“People say to be ignored and invisible at work is extremely painful.”
So if you happen to be a business owner, promote a healthy company culture, leave no one behind, and account for every member of your team if you want to be as successful as possible. Remember, your company team is only as strong as its weakest worker.