Monday, May 11, 2009

Women bullying women at work

Related to conversation the other night, this in the NY Times:

YELLING, scheming and sabotaging: all are tell-tale signs that a bully is at work, laying traps for employees at every pass.

During this downturn, as stress levels rise, workplace researchers say, bullies are likely to sharpen their elbows and ratchet up their attacks.

It’s probably no surprise that most of these bullies are men [say what? - ed.], as a survey by the Workplace Bullying Institute, an advocacy group, makes clear. But a good 40 percent of bullies are women. And at least the male bullies take an egalitarian approach, mowing down men and women pretty much in equal measure. The women appear to prefer their own kind, choosing other women as targets more than 70 percent of the time.
The article has 192 reader comments, most of them substantive; people telling their stories, rather than bloviating or sniping. Though it wouldn't be the Internet without at least a little bloviating and sniping.

Thanks to Glenn Reynolds.

Emily who took part in the conversation, is that you at comment 24?

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