This is a fantastic article out of Australia. It hits a lot of points that most of us are aware of, but it is also pointing out how bullies are having to conceal their hostility even more due to the light being shined on workplace toxicity.
The growing awareness and legislation around bullying has had an unintended consequence: many workplace bullies have simply become sneaky.
Covert bullying is now far more common than overt aggression. The modern workplace bully debilitates with a thousand subtle cuts; sarcasm, innuendo, sabotage, exclusion, criticism, overloading, discrimination. It’s delicate but deadly psychological warfare, difficult to detect, tricky to explain and hard to report. Indeed, when it comes to psychical damage, the poison of workplace bullying is usually worse than its bite.
I love the last paragraph of the article – it is high time the bullies should be the ones that lose sleep over how things are going at work!
Read more: To catch a bully – Eureka Street.