Workplace abuse (also called workplace bullying) is repeated, health-harming mistreatment of targets by at least one perpetrator that takes one or more of the following forms:
A 2017 national survey by the Workplace Bullying Institute
and Zogby International found that:
From the Workplace Bullying Institute
Workplace abuse is often subtle. It's driven by a perpetrator's need to control the targeted individual(s). The perpetrator chooses targets, timing, place, and methods and often escalates it to involve others who side with the abuser, either voluntarily through coercion. Targets are usually capable, dedicated people.
Workplace abuse undermines legitimate business interests when abusers’ personal agendas take priority over work itself. We call it domestic violence at work — where the abuser is on the payroll.