Characteristic Types, Roles and Groups of Bullying

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In the first of the 3-part series Savvan Learning explores recent research on the characteristics and impact of workplace bullying.

There are three different role-types, varying degrees of bullies, bystanders, and targets:

  • the bully, i.e., perpetrator (aggressor, passive-bully), and;
  • the bully-victim (smallest percentage), and;
  • the bully-bystanders.
  • There are several types of victims; i.e., targets as well.

 The bystanders are equally important as they are part of the behaviors being demonstrated and witnessed.

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There are several grouping-types of bullying. The list below is a summary, although the concentration of this effort is to focus on Workplace bullying in adults. There has been much research conducted providing insight to the effects of bullying in children. In the K-12 arena many schools offer an anti-bullying curriculum. Based on the research there is a connection to children’s genetics, home life, surrounding environments including schools, sports, communities, social media and internet communities that aide both the bully and the targets in their relationships.

  • School bullying
  • Workplace bullying
  • Cyber bullying
  • Political bullying
  • Military bullying
  • Hazing bullying
  • Sports bullying including physical, relational, verbal and social bullying and observing the ‘boy/men code’ and how these behaviors may transfer into the Workplace.
  • Other types of bullying

Additional research shows an addictive behavioral pattern in the bully and target. Studies show that being a target and bystander to workplace bullying is related to future depressive symptoms in both men and women, for many months (18 months +) upon leaving the environment.

Additional Reading:

Course Overview: Workplace Bullying is a Leadership Issue that Leaders Can Change

Why Workplace Bullying is a Leadership Issue

Laws, Legality of Bullying in the Workplace

Workplace Bullying Definitions 

Source: Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI) commissioned Zogby Analytics to conduct the online survey of 1,000 adults in the U.S., January 27-28, 2014. The margin of error is +/-3.2 % points. Graphic Images, (WBI).

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