When Does Your Risk of Bullying Increase?
If you are a target of workplace bullying behaviors or if you are behaving in a bullying manner, then you might want to look at your environment for an explanation. Recent survey results suggest that you are more likely to be a target or behave badly if you are undergoing “change at work” including cutbacks, increased workloads, or changing standards. Anything that increases your stress also increases bad behavior and your chances of being a target.
I expect it is because we are more stressed, feel less secure, and as the world gets more shaky, we respond with increased anxiety. Yoga anyone?
For more information on this obvious but now documented trend, read this article in the Irish Times.
I’m Kathleen Bartle, 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. You can contact me here.
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