What is Workplace Intimidation?


What is Workplace Intimidation?


Workplace intimidation, which is also called workplace bullying, happens when a superior, co-worker, or direct report uses physical violence or threats, blackmail, or verbal abuse to manipulate a company employee for some professional advantage. It usually occurs over time, developing a pattern of mistreatment that can negatively affect an employee’s mood, productivity, and even mental and physical health- eandblawOpens in a new tab.


Workplace intimidation occurs when a superior, peer or subordinate uses violence or blackmail to manipulate you or intentionally creates feelings of fear, inadequacy or awe. Workplace intimidation includes illegal sexual harassment and discrimination but is not limited to illegal behavior. Such behavior is destructive to the victim and the company- cOpens in a new tab.hronOpens in a new tab.


Workplace intimidation refers to repetitious mistreatment of someone at workplace which can cause that person some major health, emotional and psychological problems. Some of these intimidating behaviors include, but are not limited to, verbally abusing you by yelling and screaming, putting you down and ridiculing you in front of others along with sabotaging or stealing credit for your work- Workplace IntimidationOpens in a new tab.


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