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As many as 77.8% of South Africans say that they have experienced some form of victimisation during their careers according to an Internet survey, but people sometimes confuse conflict and bullying, so this figure may not be reliable. Nevertheless, new research indicates that the incidence of workplace bullying is over 20%.
What is bullying?
Workplace bullying, like childhood bullying, is the tendency of individuals or groups to use persistent aggressive or unreasonable behaviour against a co-worker or subordinate. It is an intentional act where the perpetrator intends to harm the victim, and can be either overt or covert.
Examples of workplace bullying
How to deal with workplace bullying
Research worldwide indicates that 1.5–3.5% of a country's GDP is lost because of stress and bullying in the workplace. Developing countries cannot afford such a loss. It is of paramount important that programmes and interventions be in place to prevent workplace violence and bullying.
Shelley Hymel, Susan M. Swearer. Bullying: An age-old problem that needs new solutions. Tanya Beran. Bullying: What are the Differences between Boys and Girls and How Can You Help?