Workplace Bullying can be physical, verbal, emotional or psychological... overt or covert.
Overt Workplace Bullying:
Covert Workplace Bullying:
... 72% of bullies are bosses. (U.S. study 2007).
A typical profile of a bully is someone who is often authoritarian, arrogant and aggressive, quick to anger, who seeks to dominate and control in order to feel empowered and boost his or her own self esteem.
Some researchers suggest the bullying tendency may have begun in childhood and not been challenged, while others believe the bullies have often been victims themselves when young.
Victims may be chosen at random, but sometimes are targeted because they are seen as a threat by the bully, especially if the victim is smart, industrious, and motivated.
At other times the victim may be chosen because of the bully's prejudiced view of the victim's race, religion, accent or physical attributes.
The critical factor of how strongly and how quickly the victim reacts to defend him or her self (by say reporting the bullying to superiors or HR if that is possible) often determines how rapidly the problem escalates.
Submission of the "target" to the bully, and bowing down in fear, will only encourage and prolong the aggression.
Bystanders who don't feel secure in the workplace themselves, or don't have a support group of co-workers around them are less likely to intervene and come to the aid of a victim.
Some may even side with the bully to "protect their own skin", but most will probably do nothing.
Unfortunately, trying to ignore the problem or "looking the other way" merely encourages the bully and perpetuates the bullying cycle.
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