Essay on Workplace Bullying

1084 Words Feb 12th, 2014 5 Pages
Workplace Bullying
Angela Barbato
BUS 600 Management
Professor Frank Bucaria
February 8, 2014

Workplace bulling is abusive behavior that creates an intimidating and uncomfortable work environment that affects another person or persons safety or well-being (Qualia Soup, 2014). The article Workplace Bullying: Costly and Preventable by Wiedmer, T.L. (2011) discusses work place bullying and its effects on productivity and the work environment.
Workplace bulling is malicious behavior by a person or group of people that causes others to be uncomfortable, fearful, and sometimes threatened. Ultimately, it affects the person’s ability to be productive. As stated in the article, bullying can take
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The WBI is the first and only U.S. organization dedicated to the eradication of workplace bullying that combines help for individuals, research, books, public education, training for professionals-unions-employers, legislative advocacy, and consulting solutions for organizations. (Workplace Bullying Institute, 2014). The institute has helped through thousands of interviews to confirm what types of employees bullies usually target. The bully usually focuses on skilled employees that have the ability to be successful and who are usually brighter than the bullies. The principal weapons that bullying bosses and coworkers employ were alienating the targets from social interaction and withholding validation forcing other coworkers to separate themselves for fear they will become targets (Workplace Bullying Institute, n.d.).
A situation that was observed several years ago was an example of a male employee by the name of Mike being bullied by his female employer, Susan. Her dislike for Mike was evident to the rest of the team. She would use nonverbal cues when he spoke in meetings to show her distaste for him. He would work harder than anyone else would on her team, yet he had the worst performance appraisals and rarely received a merit increase. Susan followed many of the behaviors descried in the article such as consciously undermine Mike’s position, set
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