Bullies in the Workplace
Seeing and Stopping Adults Who Abuse Their Co-Workers and Employees
by Michele A. Paludi, Editor
July 2015, 266pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-3253-6
$65, £50, 57€, A90
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Every year, workplace bullying impacts approximately 72 million employees.

A team of interdisciplinary experts provides an up-to-date review of current theories, empirical research, and management strategies that will help organizations address workplace bullying through both prevention and intervention.

Workplace bullying is a serious issue that can lead to anxiety, depression, substance abuse, absenteeism, sleep disturbances, and post-traumatic stress syndrome. This book has a simple goal: to help employers see bullying—and stop it. It does that by providing organizations with best practices, management strategies for bullying prevention, and protocols for investigating bullying complaints.

Part I of the book overviews workplace bullying, discussing incidence, psychological dimensions, and explanatory models. It looks at reasons bullies do what they do, at the difference between a tough boss and a bully, and at the cost of bullying for organizations. Equally important are the book’s insights into the impact of bullying on employees. Everyday problems of employees targeted by bullies at work are illustrated, including the resulting psychological distress that can lead to suicide. Part II of the work focuses on prevention and coping and on legislation that protects employees, including Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Finally, to help both employers and employees, the book offers sample anti-bully policies and bully awareness training programs, and also lists organizations concerned with workplace bullying.


  • Takes a lifespan developmental approach to understanding workplace bullying
  • Offers specific recommendations for preventing workplace bullying
  • Shares and addresses real-life stories
  • Provides sample policies and investigation formats
  • Features chapters written by noted scholars, human resource professionals, psychologists, and attorneys
Michele A. Paludi, PhD, is an internationally recognized author and consultant in the areas of campus violence, workplace violence, bullying, sexual harassment, and diversity. A frequent ABC-CLIO author/editor, she is series editor for Praeger's Women and Careers in Management and Women's Psychology. Paludi provides training on workplace bullying for academic institutions and businesses and is the author or editor of 52 college textbooks. She is in human resources and leadership at Excelsior College and has held faculty positions at Franklin & Marshall College, Kent State University, Hunter College, Union College, Hamilton College, and Union Graduate College.


"The book argues that organizations should institute strategies to identify perpetrators and support victims, and that those who observe bullying incidents should be willing to report them. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals."—Choice, February 3, 2016
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