Workplace Bullying

Workplace bullying is a sublethal, nonphysical form of workplace violence experienced by more than one quarter of the U.S. workforce. Perpetrators may verbally abuse, humiliate, threaten, intimidate, or sabotage coworkers on the job. Individuals targeted for the abusive conduct may not recognize what is being done to them, exacerbating the harm they experience. When abusive behavior is recognized, some employers are reluctant to intervene. This entry provides an overview of workplace bullying in the United States, including its characteristics, harmful effects, and causes, then examines why workplace bullying is seldom reported, and finally considers some solution options.


The Workplace Bullying Institute defines bullying as a repeated health-harming mistreatment of an employee by one or more employees involving abusive conduct that takes the form of verbal abuse, ...

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