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Frequently Asked Questions about Workplace Bullying




2. How does a bully choose its target?

It is common to think that a workplace bully will target someone they believe is weak; however most of the time that is not the case. More often than not, a bully will target someone they are jealous of or someone they view as a threat. Someone who is well-liked and good at their job is a classic example of someone a workplace bully will target. There is no exact indicator when a bully will choose a new target, but studies show that change is a common trigger for a new case of bullying. Examples include the bullies last target leaving the department or organization, a new hire/transfer/promotion, new leadership or a restructure within the organization.


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