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Why Bullying Happens: It’s The Work Environment
A new study from the Workplace Bullying Institute fixes more responsibility for bullying on the work environment than on either people or society. Overall, the work environment factors accounted for 56% of explanations.
Work environment factors, established and controlled by employers, included impunity for bullies, an unwillingness to stop it, a culture that rewards cutthroat conduct, bullying by executives, and giving orders to bully subordinates.
Bullies’ personalities were considered the reason in only 10% of cases. The counterintuitive reason that bullied individuals/
Societal factors that could account for bullying included having a bullying culture (5%) and that there are no laws in the U.S. that directly address workplace bullying (15%).
“These results counter the oft-repeated popular notion that bullying is nothing more than a clash of personalities,”
Complete survey results can be found at
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The Workplace Bullying Institute is the only United States organization dedicated to the eradication of workplace bullying that combines help for individuals, research, public education, consulting for employers, and legislative advocacy.