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Bullying affects people’s well-being, motivation and productivity. Yet victims of bullying can find it difficult to identify what they’re experiencing – and even harder to take action. This helpful article offers a clear definition, outlining the signs of bullying in the workplace, as well as its negative results for both victims and organizations. If you’re up against a bully or witness bullying, you will appreciate the article’s compassionate tone and the list of recommended actions.


Workplace bullying refers to a pattern of targeted intimidating, humiliating, sabotaging or undermining behaviors at work.

Workplace bullying occurs when one person repeatedly subjects another to verbal abuse, intimidation, work-related harassment, retaliation, or – in the case of institutional bullying – unfair or deceptive practices. Bullying behaviors can include practical jokes, misinformation, denials of requests, threats, spreading rumors, excess monitoring, unjustified negative reviews, undue or nonconstructive criticism, and other harsh, unjust, or demeaning behaviors.

At first, the behaviors might seem subtle, such as too much or too little guidance or monitoring of tasks, unfair criticism, or social exclusion. When these behaviors persist and...

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Crystal Raypole is a freelance writer for Healthline, which provides health information.

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