Abusive or intimidating behavior toward employees
Bullies use a variety of subtle and sometimes not-so-subtle ways to control others emotionally, psychologically, and even physically.
Adept bullies and manipulators are often extremely controlling people who are attuned to certain personality traits to exploit others.
They are skilled “people readers” and make it their task to understand someone’s flaws to determine what techniques can be used against them.
Here are twenty (20) subtle signs of bullying that you may be missing, but when a pattern emerges of multiple behaviors over a long period of time, can be a classic bullying situation.
Others may feel that they are on an emotional rollercoaster with the person.
These subtle signs are all used to create an emotional reaction, usually anxiety, which establishes greater control and power over the victim.
Bullying and manipulation of this nature can affect our employees physically, emotionally, and psychologically.
This is why it so often goes undetected in the workplace, and your employees could be suffering because of it.The Workplace Bullying Institute defines bullying as “repeated, health-harming mistreatment of one or more persons (the targets) by one or more perpetrators that takes one or more of the following forms: verbal abuse, offensive conduct/behaviors (including nonverbal) which are threatening, humiliating, or intimidating; or work interference – sabotage – which prevents work from getting done.” The primary issue with bullying is that the perpetrator desires to control the other person’s behavior, usually for his or her own needs, personal agenda, or self-serving motives.