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 many forms. Verbal abuse and offensive conduct can cause employees to feel less confident, humiliated, threatened, and alienated. These feelings will cause employees to be less productive, eventually affecting organizational productivity and profits (Wiemer, T.L., 2011).
The bully tends to act in this manner to gain control, destroy a person’s credibility, and cause harm to the individual and the working environment. Workplace bullying activities resulted in the targets reporting stress related health problems such as anxiety, panic attacks, depression, and even posttraumatic stress (Workplace Bullying Institute, n.d.)
The article describes surveys that were done to measure the extent of bullying that happens in the workplace. The WBI-Zogby survey is the largest scientific study of bullying in the United States. The survey was an online survey conducted in August of 2007 and had 7,740 responses (Workplace Bullying Institute, 2007). Some of the startling results of the survey were:
Most bullies are bosses (72%), 57% of targets are women, 62% of employers ignore or worsen the problem, 45% of targets suffer stress-related health problems, 40% of bullied individuals never tell their employers, and only 3% of bullied people
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