Pressure, Inattention - Both Increase Workplace Bullying
Over 36 days employees completed a survey (research from the BI Norwegian Business School and the University of Bergen) measuring work pressure, leadership behavior, and exposure to acts of bullying.
Not only did bullying behaviors increase when work pressure increased but if work pressure and laissez-faire management were combined, the reports of bullying increased more.
Interestingly, the authors of the research note that these differences were measurable on a day-to-day basis. Stressors can quickly cause, facilitate, or escalate bullying.
Transformational leadership where leadership pays more attention to employees' needs is called for as an antidote to stressors and the conditions that lead to bullying.