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Friday, July 7th, 2017
2017 WBI U.S. Workplace Bullying Survey
Perpetrator Rank & Numbers
Perpetrator Rank & Numbers
61% of bullies are bosses
in 63% of incidents the perpetrator operates alone
The Workplace Bullying Institute commissioned Zogby Analytics to conduct the 2017 national scientific U.S. survey across two days in late April. The stratified random sample of 1,008 individuals represented all adult Americans. [Zogby methodology and sample details here.] It was WBI’s fourth national survey.
We used the definition of workplace bullying that matches perfectly the definition codified in the Healthy Workplace Bill. Bullying is repeated mistreatment but also “abusive conduct.” We asked American survey respondents to consider only the most serious forms of bullying.
Mobbing was the term adopted by Heinz Leymann to describe health-harming abusive conduct at work. Mobbing implies that there are multiple perpetrators, a “gang.” Mobbing preceded the term workplace bullying historically. However, WBI has consistently defined bullying as committed by one or more persons. Bullying nearly always escalates to engage more than one person who joins the instigator to torment the target.
For this Survey question, the response categories allowed respondents familiar with bullying either directly or indirectly as witnesses [N = 374 with no experience respondents and “not sure” respondents deleted] to comment on both number of perpetrators and the organizational rank(s) of the bullies.
Wording of the Rank Question: Who was (were) the principal perpetrator(s)?
From the above table, we can say the following:
• 63% of cases involved single perpetrators
• 37% of cases involved multiple perpetrators
• 61% of perpetrators had a higher rank then their targets
• 33% of perpetrators were peers with the same rank as their targets
• 6% of perpetrators were subordinates who bullied targets with higher rank
In 7% of cases, the bullying was generated by a combination of perpetrators operating at different levels of the organization – bosses, peers, and subordinates.
Gary Namie, PhD
WBI Research Director
View findings related to other questions asked in the 2017 Survey.
Tags: 2017 WBI U.S. Workplace Bullying Survey, abusive conduct, bully bosses, bullying by subordinates, coworker bullies, Gary Namie, Mobbing, perpetrators, rank of bullies, workplace bullying
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Saturday, February 7th, 2015
Wednesday Feb. 11 Webinar for Employers & HR
2 pm EST, 60 minutes
A joint production of the Workplace Bullying Institute and Biz21 Publishing
When the Bully is the Boss
Many companies assume they don’t have a bullying problem. Employees get along. In meetings, team members respect each other. But look closer. You might find that the bully is the very person you would expect your employees to turn to if they are being bullied—the boss.
Some managerial bullying is unintentional — supervisors see themselves as “demanding results.” Other times bosses know their behavior crosses the line, but don’t care.
Not convinced? Consider the slew of new state laws protecting workers against bullying. And consider the number of companies that have rushed to adopt anti-bullying policies and procedures for investigating complaints.
The costs are real. The employee’s health can suffer, causing missed work, higher healthcare costs and reduced productivity. Bullied employees are also a flight risk, as are those who witness bullying. And there’s the threat of lawsuits against the company.
In this session, Dr. Gary Namie will teach you:
• How to recognize and respond to a bully boss
• What differentiates “bullying” from other conduct- both illegal (discrimination) and legal (non-abusive disagreements)
• Why the workplace climate may be allowing the bully to prosper
• Why owners and executives often tend to defend bullies
• How to build an abuse-intolerant, accountable culture for all employees, regardless of rank
• How to measure outcomes of anti-bullying activities that benefit both employees and the company.
Monday, April 28th, 2014
PERPETRATOR RANK & NUMBER in 2014
Mobbing was the term adopted by Heinz Leymann to describe health-harming abusive conduct at work. Mobbing implies multiple perpetrators. Mobbing preceded the term workplace bullying. However, WBI has consistently defined bullying as committed by one or more persons. Bullying nearly always escalates to more than one person joining the main instigator to torment the target.
Question: Who was (were) the principal perpetrator(s)?
Respondents said the following:
- 77% of cases involved single perpetrators
- 23% of cases involved multiple perpetrators
In 14% of cases, the bullying was generated by a combination of perpetrators operating at different levels of the organization – bosses, peers, and subordinates.
With respect to perpetrator’s rank, not counting the combined sources cases:
- 56% held a higher rank, was a boss, top-down
- 33% abuse came from peers, lateral or horizontal, same level
- 11% bullying from subordinates, bottom-up
This pattern is consistent with previous WBI national Surveys.
No interactions between rank and race or rank and gender were found.
When perpetrators enjoy a higher organizational rank than targets, opportunities to abuse authority present themselves. Further, the likelihood of targets being able to confront the boss about her or his unacceptable conduct approaches zero, given the difficulty of crossing the “power gradient.” Coworker, peer-to-peer, bullying may not involve power differences, but the health harm caused by social exclusion/ostracism that peers employ poses an equal, if not greater, threat to the target’s safety.
Research Assistants: Daniel Christensen & David Phillips
Tags: 2014 WBI, 2014 WBI U.S. Workplace Bullying Survey, bully boss, bully bosses, bullying statistics, Daniel Christensen, David Phillips, Gary Namie, perpetrator rank, Workplace Bullying Institute
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Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012
Halloween has become the new major holiday. Partying adults account for much of the spending after the candy and kiddie costumes. So, maybe you want to be a bully at work in costume this year. What would that look like?
No worries. Come as you are. Bullies are rarely different than most of us. They don’t dress differently. This will save you lots of dough. No special costume required. And only under special circumstances do they think differently. Here’s what I mean.