Friday, August 9, 2013

Work is high school with better clothes

Bullies grow up--and they get jobs--they don't become nicer, necessarily. Bullying works so they keep up the pace.

You can find mean girls and boys in every workplace.

Shana Lebowitz wrote about this in Govt Executive mag, Aug 8, 2013.

She says bullying is on the rise as workplaces get more competitive. In 2011, half of employees in one study said they were treated rudely once a week, 25% up from 1998.

It can encompass repeated health-harming mistreatment such as verbal abuse, offensive nonverbal behavior, and generally interfering with work.

Unattractive people tend to be bullied more. Many people say this treatment causes health problems.

Why is this increasing? Some bullies are narcissists. But others are so overwhelmed they lash out without even knowing people run to the bathroom crying.

I pick number one. They do it because they can, because people won't look for another job and because it helps them do their work quicker.

It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye.

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