Workplace Bullying: Recession Unleashes Boss Bullying
By Ed Frauenheim
www.workforce.com Research: Briefly Stated
April 2010, p. 22
Overview of the Article:
• Workplace bullying is defined as hurtful treatment of workers that is malicious and typically repeated. It includes tirades by managers as well as quieter efforts to undermine particular employees, such as overloading them with the intent of making them fail.
• Workplace experts say the economic slump has triggered a rise in belligerent behavior on the part of supervisors. Many employees report that employers are increasingly using threats and intimidation tactics to cope with the financial crisis.
• A 2007 study by polling firm Zogby International and advocacy group the Workplace Bullying Institute found that 37 percent of workers have been bullied at one time or another and that 72 percent of bullies were bosses.
• Workplace bullying is bound to backfire. Intimidation places employees and supervisors in adversarial roles eroding organizational trust and leadership integrity.
History of the Topic:
• The anti-bullying movement began in Sweden. In the 1980's, ex-patriat German Heinz Leymann (1932-1999), psychologist and doctor of medical science, studied worker trauma after bank robberies and subway drivers' trauma from suicidal and accidental deaths on the subway tracks. He wrote books and became a staunch advocate to stop bullying at work
• The term "workplace bullying" was coined by journalist-turned-advocate Andrea Adams in England in 1988. She published Bullying At Work in 1992, gave speeches, and lobbied for legislation.
• Workplace Bullying Institute Founded in 1998
• U.S.-based WBI began work in mid-1997 and launched the first of its unique websites in 1998. The founders wrote Bully Proof Yourself At Work in 1998 and the first edition of The Bully At Work in 2000 (2nd edition, 2009).
Impact on Business:
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