Workplace bullies usually get what they deserve

Victims and witnesses often stand up to bullying
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 07/10/2007

Most workplace bullies are dealt with by their employers, but by the time that happens the victims have usually moved on to another job, according to new research out of the United States.

Pamela Lutgen-Sandvik, an assistant professor at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, conducted four-hour interviews with 30 people who had either been victims or witnesses to workplace bullying in 30 different states. What she found is that, in nearly every case, the bullies were fired, demoted or removed from the situation in some way. But, by the time that happened, most of the victims she had spoken with had moved on to other organizations.

“Even though it feels like nothing is ever done to bullies in these organizations, in time something is done,” she said.