What exactly is workplace bullying? The Workplace Bullying Institute outlines it as follows:
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 their targets, timing, location, and methods.
- Requires consequences for the targeted individual
- Escalates to involve others who side with the bully, either voluntarily or through coercion.
- Undermines legitimate business interests when bullies’ personal agendas take precedence over work itself.
- Is akin to domestic violence at work, where the abuser is on the payroll.
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We typically here about school confrontations and rarely anything outside of that. As adults we would think we were “grown up enough” to distinguished right from wrong. However, come what may, you will have co-workers, supervisors, outside vendors, whomever…who feel using strong-armed tactics are the best way to generate results.