"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?
Study links attraction to 'tyrannical' leaders to dysfunctional family dynamics
Researchers have identified a correlation between adolescents who reported a high level of conflict at home and those who later identified socially undesirable traits as ideal leadership qualities.
Social media platforms can contribute to dehumanizing people
Online platforms can normalize hatred and contribute to dehumanization. The wider problem is the dehumanizing of so many aspects of our society, leading to mental illness and a diminution of the value of human beings in general.
Bullying part one - What is it and what kinds of people become bullies?
In both the workplace and in schools, bullying increased by 35% between 2016 and 2018. Part of this is awareness, but there’s also a genuine upsurge due to increasing stress and a declining sense of satisfaction with life.
The economic costs of workplace bullying
In addition to lost productivity from workplace bullying, there are also likely to be costs associated with early retirement and presenteeism. Furthermore, bullying-related costs are unlikely to have gone away as a result of new COVID-19 work-from-home practices.
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