What’s the worst thing about the office bully?
It’s not the devastating putdowns, the passive-aggressive scoffs, or even the exhausting smirk on the know-it-all’s face.
For Dr. Gary Namie of the Workplace Bullying Institute, it’s that the bully usually wins — in 64 percent of cases, Namie says, the victim winds up jobless.
“Unfortunately, targets are often the person that gets ostracized, and seen as the problem,” agrees NoWorkplaceBullies.com blogger Catherine Mattice. “Like, ‘Get over it, we’re adults here. What do you mean you’re being bullied?’”
But workplace childishness is common, and it’s no playground for the victims, many of whom, Namie says, “suffer anxiety, depression, even PTSD in the most severe cases.”