Bob Murray explores the conditions in which bullying thrives and how to counter them
We live in an age of bullying, and with the added stressors of working from home, it will increasingly become cyber bullying and harassment.
Bullying occurs because it’s permitted and sometimes encouraged. The truth is, we’ve known how to defeat workplace bullying since 1970 but nothing has changed. If anything it is worse, as a recent International Bar Association report made clear.
Bullies are both born and made. Some are genetically predisposed to be the way they are; others are the product of a certain kind of parenting; and a small number are created by the pressures inherent in their jobs. There are ‘pure bullies’ (mostly genetically predisposed and overwhelmingly male), ‘bully-victim...