Balancing act: Readers dispute prevalence of workplace bullying

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  • Dr. Thom Long Beach, CA
    Aug. 13, 2014 3:25 p.m.

    The key to confronting any bully (workplace, school, NGO) is isolation from their power-base. Once this occurs, they can be confronted in an environment where they have no access to the resources that keep them in power. Everyone has a weakness; the key is to identify that weakness. As an example, an office bully was slightly allergic to peanuts and cat dander, so when they were out of town on business, a co-worker entered their work space and dusted the office with the above mentioned allergens then waited for the bully's return. The other is to do some reconnaissance work on where the bully goes to church, where their kids go to school, where they shop, etc. Once identified then steps can be taken to create an environment hostile to the bully. Uncertainty creates paranoia and knowledge is power.

    With all reconnaissance activities covert is better than overt since the intent is to create an uncomfortable environment where the bully feels compelled to leave. Operatives working for alphabet organizations (CIA, NSA, DIA) state the intent is to create an environment playing on the indented targets weaknesses; both physical and psychological.

  • dalefarr South Jordan, Utah
    Aug. 13, 2014 11:25 a.m.

    So some agree with your columns and some don't.

  • Back Talk Federal Way, WA
    Aug. 12, 2014 11:59 p.m.

    Well, you know what they say about when some "people get a little authority".

    Managers, bosses, or even husbands have to lead by example and by positive encouragement, otherwise, they dont have positive influence and are left to do what they know which is to try to threaten or intimidate.

    Remember, to some, control over others is their desire. The end result is really secondary.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Aug. 12, 2014 1:03 p.m.

    I worked for IHC in Salt Lake at their main office head qts for 7 terrible months and I saw first hand work place bullying. I had a manager - an old codger named Rudy who had zero people skills and would regulary bully members of his team. He would humiliate them pubically - he would threaten them publically - he would kick things and throw things as well as curse publically in front of the person he was berating as well as others in the area. The man was a monster plain and simple. Because he had worked for IHC for 30 years people just looked the other way instead of contronting the man. Even HR seemed to just ignore complaints against the man.