Management Challenges and Symptoms
New Horizons in Management series
Edited by Janice Langan-Fox, Cary L. Cooper and Richard J. Klimoski
Janice Langan-Fox and Michael Sankey Bullies and the eﬀects of bullying Bullying is a widespread phenomenon in numerous countries. Studies suggest that as much as 10 per cent of the workforce is bullied (Hoel and Cooper, 2000; Vartia, 1996). Being bullied, then, is a ‘normal’ part of the working day for many people. Workplace bullies play out their ‘foul game’ (Neuberger, 1999) in organizations, engaging in punishment, self-aggrandizement and generally belittling subordinates (Ashforth, 1994). Bullies are especially prevalent in prisons, schools, young oﬀenders’ institutions and the armed forces. Bullies (a type of tyrant) are often ‘leaders’, and have devastating eﬀects on their subordinates, causing tension (Baron, 1988), stress (Myers, 1977), helplessness (Ashforth, 1989), and work alienation (Clarke, 1985), as well as having more general eﬀects on departmental or unit performance (Podsakoﬀ and Schriesheim, 1985). It’s diﬃcult to put a cost on the eﬀects of bullying to organizations because incidence is under-reported. For instance, some employees might not prefer to ‘label’ themselves as bullied by seeking organizational or professional assistance (Salin, 2001). However, given the consequences for individuals by way of stress, absenteeism, turnover, reduced productivity and other ineﬃciencies resulting from organizational dysfunction, the real cost must be staggering. This chapter aims to document what we know about workplace bullying. We describe the incidence, extent and types of bullying that occur in workplaces, as well as its conceptualization. Second, we review the empirical work that has investigated bullying and what has been found. With...
You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.
Elgaronline requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals. Please login through your library system or with your personal username and password on the homepage.
Non-subscribers can freely search the site, view abstracts/ extracts and download selected front matter and introductory chapters for personal use.
Your library may not have purchased all subject areas. If you are authenticated and think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.