Bullies and Cliques
The relationship between support groups and cliques is an interesting one when it comes to workplace bullying and especially the phenomenon of exclusion.
Ostracism and exclusion are frequent features of workplace bullying and can be the most damaging due to our basic human nature of wanting to belong. When sub-groups within organizations, designed to be supportive, take on clique-like qualities, they can do more harm than good.
Once again, it falls on the shoulders of leaders to "shape the culture and set the tone." The outcomes including mental health outcomes are not pre-determined. Leaders do have control and using it for the better is not only humane but economically advantageous.
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