A closer look at workplace bullying

Dear Editor:

I hope that you and your readers will take an interest in a social problem that does not receive enough attention in our society. That problem is workplace bullying.

A good definition of workplace bullying is that it is repeated mistreatment of one or more workers (the targets/victims) by one or more perpetrators. It is abusive conduct that is threatening, humiliating, intimidating, and/or verbally abusive.

Research thus far indicates that 20-40 percent of Americans have been bullied at work, but it would not surprise me if further research shows that it is higher than 40 percent. Research also indicates that 45 percent of targets/victims suffer stress-related health problems. Research is split between studies that claim that about 60 percent of workplace bullies are men and that about 60 percent of workplace bullies are women.

My own theory is that what is largely behind this problem and that what is going on here is what you might call the abuse and misuse of having power and control over others, and that is has a psychological and emotional sadistic component and elements to it.

And, given the national tone of the past two years, replete with anger, rage, hatred, insults, put-downs, personal attacks, smears, phony and fake propoganda (especially from the conservative, right-wing news media, including their think-tanks which are really propoganda factories/mills which pretend to be “objective” and “unbiased”), I don’t see things improving in attempts to reduce workplace bullying.

Stewart B Epstein