Workplace Violence and Bullying at Work

Workplace Violence and Bullying at Work Overview

People will react markedly different to being treated a certain way. If someone reacts negatively to how they are treated bullying could have taken place. If someone repeatedly reacts negatively to others behaviours a psychological deterioration could take place.

Psychological pressure could lead to psychological harassment where the target of bullying feels the pressure, which could in turn leave the person feeling damaged and therefore abused. (Rayner, et al., 2002).

Bullying can therefore be seen as progressively destructive if nothing is done to escape it, such as complaining or quitting.

As of yet no research can claim that gender is a determinant of who gets bullied. Men and women seem to be bullied equally. Men however experience more bullying from other men while women experience it from both sexes equally. Some studies have found that older people were more likely to be bullied than younger people but other studies found no significant difference across age groups. It is therefore hypothesized that age is part of the interactive set as opposed to a discreet variable, as culture may have an effect.

(Rayner & Hoel, 1997) An interesting finding is that women who did not cope well with bullying in school were more likely to be a victim in the workplace compared to similar males. Individual factors may be responsible for this continuity of victimization. (Smith, Singer, Hoel, & Cooper, 2003)


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