Workplace bullying is not a recent phenomenon. I’d go so far as to say that jerks at work have a primary cause of conflict and adversity since the inception of the modern workplace. In her recent paper, Nancy Haig analyzes and synthesizes the research on workplace bullying. She concludes:
Workplace bullying is . . . commonly defined as a pattern of psychological abuse, over time, intended to degrade, humiliate and isolate the bully’s victim. Bullying may be impacted by individual characteristics and/or corporate structure; and corporate practices themselves have been called bullying. The costs of bullying are significantly high to both employees and employers.
The paper is very well-supported and offers readers a whole host of resources for further reading. [Via Brandon Hall Research]