Bullying does not stop at maturity or adulthood. In fact, adult bullying is very evident in a workplace and can take many forms. Study points out that bullying at work is not always caused by one aggressive person, as the climate of hostility and aggression also fuels bullying, making such behavior a norm.
Bullies were described by high aggressiveness with the feeling of being the best or greatest in everything. However, it is pointed out that such feeling is easily punctured and a fear of seeing oneself as incompetent by others arises. Therefore if a potential target of bullying at workplace happens to confront a bully, the latter ramps up his aggressive behavior, seeing the former as a threat.
Unfortunately, most organizations are hesitant to act against bullies and sees driving out the target of workplace bullying as a quick fix. With such norm, a bully drives a target out as hard as he can and when he does, the others left tend to fear of being the next target; and behold an unhealthy work culture and atmosphere.
A research laid out some tools to prevent bullying in the workplace. The first suggestion is to name ‘bullying’, as naming a huge thing tends to minimize it. Another way is to seek social support and the ability to deliberate and assess one’s self if it is time to leave an unhealthy workplace. If it happens that a certain group or class is being bullied, then seeking legal solutions might be of convenience.
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