Definition of Workplace Bullying

Definition of workplace bullying

Definition of workplace bullying

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

Workplace Bullying…

  • Is driven by perpetrators’ need to control the targeted individual(s).
  • Is initiated by bullies who choose their targets, timing, location, and methods.
  • 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.

Read more about Bullying in comparison to Schoolyard Bullying, Workplace Violence and Incivility.

Being Bullied? Start Here

To help you get started, read the material below to make a difference in your health and your life. Please know two things:

  • You are not alone
  • You did not cause bullying to happen

Bullying is a systematic campaign of interpersonal destruction that jeopardizes your health, your career, the job you once loved.

You may not be the first person to have noticed that you were bullied. Check to see how many of these indicators match yours.

Remember, you did not cause bullying to happen.

We’ve broken down the major reasons why bullies bully.

The primary reason bullying occurs so frequently in workplaces is that bullying is not yet illegal. Bullying is four times more common than either sexual harassment or racial discrimination on the job.

Should you confront the bully? If you could have, you would have. Instead, use the WBI-suggested 3-Step Method.

Remember, put your health first. Don’t believe the lies told about you. Spend time with loved ones and friends.

At times of debilitating stress like this, you must not be isolated. Isolation will only make the stress worse.

To date, no U.S. state has passed an anti-bullying law for the workplace.

The Healthy Workplaces Bill — proposed anti-workplace bullying legislation

How To Detect & Prevent Workplace Bullying, A Chronic Corporate Disease

From the Workplace Bullying Institute

Freedom From Workplace Bullies Week – 14 – 20 October 2012

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