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Running Head: BULLYING: A SILENT DETRIMENT 1 Bullying: A Silent Detriment to the Workplace Jacquelyn Heikel BUS 600 Management Communications with Technology Dr. Sara Willox February 14, 2017
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BULLYING: A SILENT DETRIMENT 2 Bullying: A Silent Detriment to the Workplace Workplace bullying is when an individual chooses to maliciously target another for a variety of reasons that may include, but are not limited to, jealously, self-preservation or discrimination. The actions of the bullying may be in the form of verbal abuse, offensive behavior or behind the scenes actions to undermine the person (Wiedmer, 2010). Quickly growing in today’s society, workplace bullying is very real and widespread. Wiedmer (2010), discusses the findings of the WBI-Zogby U.S. Workplace Bullying Survey which identifies that over a quarter of the US workforce reported bulling, 74% of bullies are bosses, the majority are men targeting women and almost half of bullied individuals never tell. There is a reason why people bully others and it is to gain something over the victim, who is considered the threat in the eyes of the bully. Victims usually possess a likeability in the workplace, are successful and possess a high emotional intelligence (Wiedmer, 2010). The bully wants the recognition the other person is receiving therefore, they may seek to discriminate against this individual, copy their work, put down their efforts or create roadblocks to make it difficult to accomplish a task. Bullying is not only psychologically detrimental to the victim but, destructive to the company as a whole. It is important for corporations to put in place bullying protocols that will be strictly enforced and made clear to all employees. Creating a safe work environment for employees to be able to openly address bullying and have the confidence to know that the bully will be addressed by some form of leadership boosts overall morale and is important to the overall mental health of the company. Diving deeper into the effects of bullying, the largest impact is upon the victim, which trickles down into the overall wellbeing of the organization. The bully is jealous of the victim and wants to bring the person to the point of failure so they will be able to shine and inflate their
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