The road to popularity can be paved with unpleasantness
Popularity is important to children and adolescents—and, of course, adults. Some researchers have said that they think it’s more important to be popular than to have friends.Some people become popular through prosocial means, others through being disruptive and aggressive.
Higher risk of psychotropic medication after sexual harassment in the workplace
Harassment of any kind is due partly to a genetic tendency to bully, and also to stress and fear. People use harassment to establish dominance or to demonstrate dominance.
Staff wellbeing programs help social relationships and reduce bullying
The more employees engage with health and wellbeing programs, the better the quality of co-worker relationships, the less they experience bullying over time, and the better their longer-term wellbeing and job satisfaction.
Co-worker interventions can moderate sexual harassment
Although the #MeToo movement raised public awareness of sexual harassment in Hollywood and other high-profile industries, comparatively little attention has been paid to the rampant sexual harassment experienced by frontline service workers such as waitresses, baristas, bartenders and retail clerks.
"Why you gotta be so rude?" The rise of the 'vicious cycle' of workplace incivility
Uncivil behavior at work can range from criticizing someone in public, rude or obnoxious behavior or withholding important information, to more subtle acts such as arriving late to a meeting, checking email or texting during a meeting, or ignoring or interrupting a colleague.
Toxic workplaces increase risk of depression by 300%
Psychosocial safety climate (PSC) is the term used to describe management practices and communication and participation systems that protect workers’ mental health and safety. Poor workplace mental health can be traced back to poor management practices, priorities and values, which then flows through to high job demands and low resources.
Bullying others increases the risk of developing mental health problems and vice versa
Bullying has attracted a lot of research attention over the last few years. We have come to realize that bullies attract people, get promoted faster than others and have higher incomes. They also create a great deal of mental ill-health.
Narcissism linked to aggression in review of 437 studies
Almost every authoritarian, or would-be authoritarian, leader is a narcissist to some extent. One of the things we didn’t know was the connection between narcissism and aggression—though in hindsight it should’ve been obvious (think Putin, Hitler, Mussolini, Assad).
Experiencing bullying leads to fantasizing about committing acts of violence
Experiencing bullying and forms of aggression in late adolescence and early adulthood is linked to a marked increase in the likelihood of having daydreams or fantasies about hurting or killing people.
Abusive bosses 'fake nice' instead of 'make nice'
Supervisors are often driven by simply repairing their social image rather than making genuine amends and changing their behavior. Breaking the cycle of toxic behavior requires organizational leaders to implement zero-tolerance policies. Sanctions, rather than forgiveness, are more likely to change behaviors.
Common workplace interactions can trigger suicidal thoughts
Even perceived low-grade forms of workplace mistreatment, such as avoiding eye contact or excluding a coworker from conversation, can amplify suicidal thoughts in employees with mood disorders.
Bullying - the answer
We live in an age of bullying. In many ways it’s built into the system. It will increase with the added stressors created by working from home and increasingly become cyber and Zoom-bullying and harassment. What do organizations and their leaders need to do to prevent bullying?
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