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Friday, September 27th, 2013
By Catherine Card
Catherine is an ordained Lutheran minister (ELCA) and a health physicist.
It is encouraging to see public school officials at last recognizing and taking steps to prevent bullying among children and older students. However, we have ignored the equally significant problem of bullying among adults, especially as it plays out in the workplace. We are incredibly naïve, or in denial, when we fail to take seriously the bullying behavior we adults display almost routinely. Where do we suppose our children learn to be bullies?
Considerable research about bullying in the workplace has been done in Scandinavian countries and the United Kingdom, as well as in the United States. Yet little public attention has been given to the prevalence of such bullying and to the negative impact it has on the individuals who are targeted, as well the organizations where it occurs.
Bullying is a costly behavioral disease that is both individual and corporate in nature. An individual can act as a bully, but an entire organization can have a bullying nature as well. Bullying consists of repeated, intentional actions designed to do harm to the target person or persons. Some examples of bullying behavior are: ridiculing or accusing a person in front of others, being physically or verbally intimidating, damaging a person’s reputation by rumor or gossip, setting impossible or conflicting deadlines in order to undermine a person’s productivity, treating an individual differently from the rest of the work group, lying about a person’s performance and retaliating against a person for complaining.