Where do bullies flourish?

Bullies flourish in organisations that fail to distinguish between 'managing' and 'bullying'. It can happen in large and small organisations, and in so-called 'caring professions'.

The personality 'defects' of a bully, such as aggressiveness, sarcasm, anger and maliciousness, flourish in certain kinds of work culture, such as:

  • in highly competitive or macho environments;
  • in organisations undergoing radical change, or serious cuts;
  • where there is a climate of job insecurity, especially where redundancies are threatened;
  • under 'tough' and hierarchical styles of management;
  • in 'command and control' structures where staff are not involved or consulted about decisions;
  • where excessive demands are made on people; and
  • where no procedures exist to tackle bullying.
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