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Help Me Put Bullying on Ice

Summary: Bullying affects not just school children but employees in workplaces across the nation. Typically it involves the abuse or misuse of power, but it can become a part of corporate culture with the cultivation of attitudes such as the so-called killer instinct. Bullies typically seek an audience, and the lack of audience interference in an obviously inhumane situation is typically due to peer pressure or fear of retaliation. Schools and employers alike may encourage bullying by rewarding the results of aggressive competitiveness. Schools often focus solely on the bully and victim when responding to bullying incidents. Bystanders can make a significant difference, either by intervening in the bullying or by reaching out with kindness to victims.

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  • Topics: Human Resources
  • Keywords: Competitiveness, Conflict, Ethics, Leadership, Morale, Organizational culture
  • Author: Schultz, Dave
  • Journal: Journal for Quality and Participation