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Workplace bullies

  2. 2. What is Workplace bullying? “Never be bullied into silence.Never allow yourself to be made a victim.Accept No one’s defination of your Life,but define yourself” -Harvey S.Firestone Persistent,Offensive,Abusive,Intimiating or Insulting Behavior,Abuse of power or unfair penal sanction one delebrately or unconsciously,which makes the victim feel upset,threatened ,humiliated or vulnerable,which undermines their self confidence and which may cause them to suffer stress.
  3. 3. Examples of Bullying : • • • • • • • • • • • • Workplace bullying can be any of the following: Shouting at someone - whether in private, in front of colleagues, or in front of other people Name-calling Belittling and making someone feel unimportant Being treated with disrespect Excessive monitoring Constant nitpicking/criticising/flying off the handle especially over trivial or minor matters or mistakes Making someone feel bad and ashamed Deliberately overloading someone with work Undermining someone such as setting them up to fail Purposefully withholding information which is needed for the person to do their job efficiently Excluding someone from normal workplace/staffroom conversations and making someone feel unwelcome (this also includes cliques)
  4. 4. Harassment & Bullying Should not be confused ! Harassment Workplace Bullying • Target is focused on the basis of who they are (female, Black, disabled, etc,) Almost exclusively psychological • May consist of a single incident of multiple ones The treatment is usually based on the target’s competence or popularity • The target suspects why he/she is being targeted • * Is a legally recognized term in Federal EEO law Anyone will do if they are in secured. The behavior is driven by control and subjugation
  5. 5. Three Types of Organizational Justice • Organizational Justice refers to people’s perception of fairness in organizations, consisting of perceptions of how decisions are made regarding the distribution of outcomes & the perceived fairness of those outcomes. • Distributive Justice ; Perceived fairness of outcome. • Procedural Justice ; Perceived fairness of process used to determine outcome. • Interactional Justice ; Perceived degree to which one is treated with dignity and respect. • • • Distributive justice: The perceived fairness of the way rewards are distributed among people Procedural justice: Perceived fairness of the procedures used to determine outcomes Interact ional justice: Perceived fairness of the interpersonal treatment received from others
  6. 6. Q1: Workplace bulling demonstrates lack of which one of the three types of organizational justice ? • Out of 3 types of organizational justice, bulling most closely resembles LACK OF INTERACTIONAL JUSTICE. • In this case Madhu was not treated with dignity and respect. • “Colleagues looked at her with irritation and scorn whenever she tried to interact and she was ostracized by the group as a snob”. • Bulling is done not only by colleagues but it can also come the boss as well.As in this case Madhu’s boss humiliates her in a staff meeting saying that she should not think too much of herself.
  7. 7. Q2:What aspects of motivation might workplace bulling reduce?For example,are they likely to be effects on an employee’s self – efficacy? If so,what might those effects be? • Workplace bullying may reduce an employee’s esteem, safety and security, and self actualization according to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. • Workplace bullying can also affect one’s self efficacy. • An employee with low self efficacy, when bullied, can experience a decline in their already low self efficacy which may decrease his/her need for achievement, need for power, and need for affiliation based on McClelland’s theory of needs. • There are not too many people, which if they are being bullied would want to achieve a new position, attain power, or even want to belong to such a company where other employee’s are bullies.
  8. 8. Q3: If you were a victim of workplace bullying, what steps would you take to try to reduce its occurrence? What strategies would be most effective? What strategies might be ineffective? What would you do if one of your colleagues was a victim of an abusive supervisor? • If I were a victim of workplace bullying, I would first approach my bully and inform him/her of the inappropriate behavior. • If the behavior continued and the bully was not management, then I would go to management and let them know there is a problem. • If the bully was a part of management, I would seek help from the special groups in most companies that are dedicated to unfair behavior within the company. • If the company had no such group, I would do the opposite of what the bully expects my reaction to be. I think going to the special group would be effective, but if there is no such group then going to management would be the next best thing.
  9. 9. Contd. • Retaliation and confrontation would not be effective strategies. There would be nothing worse than having workplace bullying turn into workplace violence. • If a colleague is a victim of workplace bullying: • Would first see the authority level. • Understand what level of hierarchy the victim is currently on & understand the problem. • Motivate the victim. • Mentor him/her to come out from the situation. • Try to take necessary steps against bullying.
  10. 10. Q4: What factors do you believe contribute to workplace bullying? Are bullies a product of the situation, or are they flawed personalities? What situations and what personality factors might contribute to the presence of bullies? • Factors contributing to workplace bullies : • Insecurity, lack of confidence, and low self esteem are a few factors that could contribute to workplace bullying. • To boost bully’s self satisfaction. • A person who seems to be different/intelligent ,is made a target(as Madhu was good in english,often voiced interesting ideas she was targeted by those who were jealous of her) • People may get bullied because they are seen as a threat.
  11. 11. Bullies Personified • The environment they were brought up, in-feelings of insecurity, influence of parents. • Superficial charm with insincerity-ego maniacal, is manipulative. • An employee with low confidence, low self esteem may find an outlet to deal with this issues by bullying others. • Negative and stressful work environment. -So bullies are both products of situation and flawed personalities.
  12. 12. Conclusion 37% employees reported being victims by bullying boss,40% of the bullies are women , 70% of women are the targets most of the times. • Bullying is not limited to schools and collages. • Individuals who put extra effort are the main targets. • There have been incidents where workers even resorted to suicide to end their misery. • There is no such law against bullying in India. • So I is up to the Organization to check thee bullies. • Example : Anti-Bully Acts
  13. 13. Try not to Quit !!!
  14. 14. THANK YOU BY : • Bushra Akhtar • Pranati Dash • Pratikshaya Patnaik • Priyanka Mohanty • Sonal Priyadarshini • Tania Chakraborty (GROUP 1)