Would most people consider the action unacceptable? People who are the targets of bullying may experience a range of effects. The most important component of any workplace prevention program is management commitment.Management commitment is best communicated in a written policy.Sometimes, bullying can involve negative physical contact as well.
It has also been described as the assertion of power through aggression. While bullying is a form of aggression, the actions can be both obvious and subtle.
It is important to note that the following is not a checklist, nor does it mention all forms of bullying.
(See, also, Pondering the Impact of Workplace Violence.) You may have read the very recent – and profoundly disturbing – headline about a Missouri woman who was found guilty of misdemeanor crimes in a “My Space” cyber-bullying case linked to a 13-year-old girl’s suicide.
According to prosecutors, the woman conspired with her young daughter and a business associate to create a fictitious profile of a 16-year-old boy on My Space to harass Megan Meier, apparently in an effort to humiliate Megan for saying mean things about her daughter.
I also ran across a November 7 Reuters article entitled “Bullies may get kick out of seeing others in pain.” In this one, University of Chicago “researchers compared eight boys ages 16 to 18 with aggressive conduct disorder to a group of eight adolescent boys with no unusual signs of aggression.” The article went on to state that, in the “aggressive teens, areas of the brain linked with feeling rewarded…became very active when they observed video clips of pain being inflicted on others.