Bullying in the Workplace

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Bullying In the Workplace

Arleuza Maia

Marylhurst University

June 4, 2013

Abstract
Bullying in the workplace is a repetition of abusive actions against someone by colleagues or superiors at work. Workplace bullying can happen to anyone. It is important to learn the signs of bullying and the way to handle and solve the issue. Bullying can leave individuals with long lasting emotional damage. Research has shown that bullying is often only resolved when the victim leaves the work place. In recent years organizations have formed to fight against bullying. Numerous amount of research has now been done to try to understand bullying and improve the work environment. Hopefully this report will enlighten people to the serious issue of bullying so that we are all aware of our actions in the workplace.

Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION ………………………………………………………………….....4
Background ……………………………………………………………………4
Problem ………………………………………………………………………..4
Purpose ………………………………………………………………………...4
Scope …………………………………………………………………………..4 DISCUSSION ………………………………………………………………………….5
Document the Bullying Occurrence ……………………………………………6
Report to Competent Authorities ………………………………………………6 Solicit the Support of Trusted Co-workers ……………………………………..6 CONCLUSION …………………………………………………………………………7 RECOMMENATIONS …………………………………………………………………7 REFERENCES ………………………………………………………………………….9

Introduction
Background
Bullying devastates its victims and the damage lasts a long time. Bullying is a repeated mistreatment of a person as a way to control the victim (Namie, 2000, p. 3). Bullying can happen to anyone who works with the same group of people every day. The results of bullying also differ, many may have physical, emotional, and economical problems (Namie, 2000, p. 55-57). Several people may leave the work place, others may fight back, and others may take the bullying every day. Lastly this paper will discuss the best ways to be successful in ending bullying without leaving the job. Problem

Bullying has become an important issue over the years but still is not illegal, “either the law does not apply at all or the legal options make the case too difficult to build” (Namie, 2000, p. 6). Research has shown that most people who report that the bullying has stopped said it did so only because they left their place of work (Namie, 2000, p. 271). Purpose

The purpose of this report is to inform people and bring more awareness to the cause by including types of bullies, effects of bullying, and how to stop bullying in the workplace. Scope
The topic discussed in this report is useful for most people. Anyone who works with the same group of people every day can benefit from reading thing; such as those who work in an office, nursing staff, or any company. Discussion

Bullying covers a range between rudeness and violence (Namie, 2000, p. 10). Bullying often starts off as a small act and if not stopped it grows to more damaging actions or words. Among the various types of bullying are: Chronic bullying, Accidental bullying, and Opportunistic bullying. Chronic bullying is the worst type, it is frequently harassment to the victim. These bullies need to have power over people and situations, they are often very charming but cocky, they do not have empathy for others, and they feel threatened when someone challenges them (Chronic Bullies, 2012). Chronic bullies are always dominating, in work and out (Namie, 2000, p.16). Accidental bullying is committed by people who are unconscious of its impact on the victim and they usually apologize and promise to not repeat it. “[They’re] awkward and child-like” (Namie, 2000, p.17). Opportunistic (“climbers”) bullying is the most common and is committed to take personal advantage to get ahead (Namie, 2000, p.16). These type of bullies are competitive in the work place, but when they are not working they can be charming, loving people. Other types of bullies also include the substance abusing bully,...
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