Recent statistics show one in six adults experience bullying in the workplace – quite often for things such as sexual orientation and skin colour.
By definition, bullying involves the use of abuse, intimidation or manipulation to gain a position of power over someone else. A bully’s intention is usually to inflict hurt – both physically and emotionally, for personal gain. The methods used can be direct or indirect, and bullying is not always obvious.
Why do people bully? Linda believes it is more often than not down to envy and resentment. It can also be used as a tool for concealing a feeling of inadequacy, shame and low self-esteem; by putting others down, bullies feel empowered.
Research in the past has shown a strong link between bullying and an increased level of stress…