Study: Workplace Bullies Rewarded by Supervisors
Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

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It’s never a good look to be a workplace bully. From overly aggressive dialogue to toxic and sometimes violent antics, these personalities are typically seen as hostile and bad for business. But, one study says, not so fast.

The Wall Street Journal reports that a new study found workplace bullies get more positive results than negative when it comes to their supervisors and their advancement:

In a rather disheartening study, a team of researchers led by Darren C. Treadway, of the University at Buffalo School of Management, found that many workplace bullies receive positive evaluations from their supervisors and achieve high levels of career success, despite organizational efforts to curtail bullying.

The researchers sought to study the relationship between workplace bullying and job performance. They collected behavioral and job-performance data from 54 employees of a U.S. healthcare firm, and found a strong correlation between bullying, positive job evaluations and social and political skill in the workplace.

The study defines workplace bullying as “systematic aggression and violence targeted towards one or more individuals by one individual or by a group.”

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.


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