It is often said that “it is very easy to misconstrue tone and meaning in email”, and that is true because you get so many more non-verbal cues from a face-to-face conversation (and even a traditional letter). That being said, for some people, this anonymous ambiguity and the built excuses you can use when you get caught, make email the perfect venue for their nefarious activities.
Cyber-bullying is at an all time high, and that is shocking considering how new the general use of email actually is. The bullies and malcontents have caught on quick to this scheme.
Email makes these dregs of society seem like Superman, when they are really the mild mannered Clark Kent. When confronted or caught, they fold and wilt like dried flowers instantly, and sometime beg for forgiveness like a little child.
Do not waste your time and energy on these people, but at the same time they do need to be shut down because they can hurt those who are vulnerable to this kind of behavior. Please encourage open dialogue and in person communication when airing views, do not let unsubstantiated rumors and cyber filth contaminate your space. Squash these people like the cockroaches they are!
How do you deal with cyber-bullies at work? Please share your thoughts and methods of clean up.
Dr Flavius A B Akerele III