What is workplace bullying?



What is bullying at work?

“Bullying” is often associated with children and adolescents, which often make it difficult to identify bullying in the workplace. The negative effects of workplace bullying can be even more damaging to the victim who is being bullied and can include long-term emotional, psychosomatic and physical damage. It can also have a negative impact on the organization and can include increased turnover, absenteeism, risk for accidents, stress and can overall decrease productivity.

Workplace bullying is a serious and growing problem which is world-wide and has been characterized by (Einarsen, 1999; Keashly & Harvey 2004; Lutgen-Sandvik, 2006) as having the following key features:

  • Repetition (occurs regularly and repeatedly)
  • Duration (is enduring)
  • Escalation (increasing aggression)
  • Power disparity (the target lacks the power to successfully defend themselves)
  • Attributed intent

The workplace bully can be an individual or groups who use repeated, persistent, aggressive, disrespectful, unreasonable and deliberate behaviour targeting an individual and can include verbal, non-verbal, psychological abuse, humiliation and even physical abuse. Bullying in the workplace has been experienced by a growing number of targeted victims and the bully is rarely confronted. Often the majority of bullies include people in management positions such as bosses.

Workplace bullying is a silent epidemic that affects as many as one in four workers and is growing. Race and gender may also play a role in workplace bullying. Bullying can occur in a wide variety of work settings and professions and is not limited to “blue collar” jobs. It has been identified in all professions and work settings which include and are not limited to medicine, nursing, teaching, academia and others.

by Tee Javelina

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