Mia A. Rapier
BUS 600: Management Communication with Technology Tools
Instructor Cheryl Moore
July 20, 2014
Workplace bullying is behavior that is threatening, humiliating, or intimidating, it also involves work interference, or sabotage, which prevents work from getting done, and it can also include verbal abuse (WBI, 2014). With such far-reaching implications, workplace bullying can affect everything from morale and effective communication, to competency and efficiency, it can even extend to safety and health concerns in extreme cases. This paper will provide a review of the 2011 article entitled Workplace Bullying: Costly and Preventable describing the impact of workplace bullying on both the victims and the organization coupled with my personal experiences of workplace bullying and concluding with the recommendation of two techniques from the Wiedmer article that can be implemented in workplace bullying. “Workplace bullying is a pervasive practice by malicious individuals who seek power, control, domination, and subjugation” (Wiedmer, 2011). The Workforce Bullying Institute, the leader in workplace bullying research and data, reports that:
61% of bullying occurs within the same gender, and 71% of female bullies target other women… Bullies typically target individual(s) they perceive to pose a threat…[bullied] targets were reportedly better liked, had more social skills, likely possessed higher emotional intelligence, and were appreciated by colleagues, customers, and management for the warmth and care they brought to the workplace. (Wiedmer, 2011).
The damage of workplace bullying tends to be more psychological and social in nature; feelings of anger, resentment, anxiety, or fear can lead these employees to perform poorly thus affecting their position within a company. Workplace bully victims can also use the negative feelings and emotions of being to bullied to bully other employees thereby creating a