Healthy Workplace Wisconsin
MUM logo IC


line decor
   RSS feed          
line decor

What is workplace violence?
Mobbing or bullying in the workplace is an infectious malady that spreads in whispers and malicious gossip, and includes any act which feeds off rumor, hearsay, and unfounded accusations. It is done with deliberate intent to have those targeted abused, threatened, intimidated, humiliated, embarrassed, or forced to leave their positions. Damage from it may be physical and/or emotional. These behaviors include:

  • Threatening behavior - such as shaking fists, destroying property or throwing objects.
  • Verbal or written threats - any expression of an intent to inflict harm or of dismissal
  • Verbal abuse - swearing, insults, sarcasm, or condescending language.
  • Physical attacks and assaults- hitting, shoving, pushing or kicking.
  • Any form of undermining behavior or work interference — sabotage — which prevents work from getting done
  • Unfair treatment, including holding the target to a different standard
  • Public humiliation
  • Credit for work is attributed to others
  • Denial of promotion or training opportunities
  • Being quick to criticize and slow to praise
  • Character assassination
  • Malicious rumors and smear campaigns
  • Social ostracism


Links to other sites

Links to Other Sites about Workplace Abuse