Letters to the Editor
OPINION: I was interested in Victoria University's study, which found many women have experienced workplace bullying (Sept 13).
Although it is noted that women might be labelled bullies where men might be perceived as strong and decisive, female managers can often adopt underhand and subtle forms of bullying that are harder to identify and rectify.
In my writing workshops, I've heard so many stories of highly qualified and competent women being bullied by a woman manager who has so undermined and traumatised them that they've been forced to leave their jobs. This has happened to a member of my own family as well as a close friend.
In her book Workplace Bullying: The Costly Business Secret, Andrea Needham says that bullying managers are often driven by insecurity and jealousy. They can also be difficult to deal with, presenting a different face to those above than to those below in the workplace hierarchy. In some cases, the bully also handles the organisation's HR policies and practices, thus preventing complaints being raised.
Bosses are often afraid to deal with them and, in these tough economic times, many employees are too scared to make a case against them.
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