Workplace bullying is repeated, health-harming mistreatment of one or more persons (the targets) by one or more perpetrators that takes one or more of the following forms:
- Verbal abuse
- Offensive conduct/behaviors (including nonverbal) which are threatening, humiliating, or intimidating
- Work interference — sabotage — which prevents work from getting done.
- Is driven by perpetrators' need to control the targeted individual(s)
- Is initiated by bullies who choose targets, timing, place, and methods.
- Escalates to involve others who side with the bully, either voluntarily through coercion.
- Undermines legitimate business interests when bullies' personal agendas take precedence over work itself.
- Is domestic violence at work where the abuser is on the payroll.
(from the Workplace Bullying Institute
A 2014 national suvey by Zogby International and the Workplace Bullying Institute found that:
- 27% of workers have experienced workplace bullying
- 72% of employers who received complaints about workplace bullying either ignored the problem or made it worse
- 56% of workplace bullies are supervisors
Common Bullying Behaviors
- False accusations of mistakes and errors
- Yelling, shouting, and screaming
- Exclusion and "the silent treatment"
- Withholding resources and information necessary to the job
- Behind-the-back sabotage and defamation
- Use of put-downs, insults, and excessively harsh criticism
- Unreasonably heavy work demands
Workers Suffer Severe Harm
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- Stress disorders of all types
- Clinical depression
- High blood pressure
- Cardiovascular disease
- Impaired immune systems
- Symptoms consistent with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Destructive impact on family and personal relationships