Have you Experienced any of These “Workplace Bully Weapons”?
As a research sociologist and executive conflict consultant, I have read hundreds of research results while identifying and categorizing workplace bullying behaviors. Most of them offer a list of behaviors and leave the analyses to the front-line consultants to decipher.
As a result, many approaches have been developed to help employers deal with aggressive behaviors at work. My approach has been to use specific details to develop interventions. All that said, it is interesting to look at behaviors. Here is a recent article highlighting new research on bullying behaviors. The authors document the behaviors by those reporting bullying behaviors.
“The most common way workers reported being bullied was getting blamed for mistakes they didn’t make followed by not being acknowledged and the use of double standards. The full list includes:
- Falsely accused of mistakes – 42 percent
- Ignored – 39 percent
- Used different standards/policies toward me than other workers – 36 percent
- Constantly criticized – 33 percent
- Someone didn’t perform certain duties, which negatively impacted my work – 31 percent
- Yelled at by boss in front of coworkers – 28 percent
- Belittling comments were made about my work during meetings – 24 percent
- Gossiped about – 26 percent
- Someone stole credit for my work – 19 percent
- Purposely excluded from projects or meetings – 18 percent
- Picked on for personal attributes – 15 percent”
Workplace Conflict: You Are Not Alone
I don’t see any particular trend in these results that would influence the work of executive coaches who know the field of workplace conflict, but if you are trying to understand your own experiences with workplace conflict, perhaps this list will help you feel less “crazy” and more powerful. After all, knowing your experiences are universal and not unique can make a huge difference.
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I’ve been a strategic consultant on workplace conflict to executives worldwide for more than 20 years. My work brings individualized solutions to your teams’ lost productivity, loss of key personnel, low morale, and the high costs resulting from bullying, abrasive behaviors and interpersonal workplace conflicts.