What is Workplace Bullying?

What is the difference between workplace bullying and normal workplace conflict?

Workplace bullying is a distinct issue often mistaken for normal conflict. Unlike conflict, bullying involves deliberate, continual attacks to harm a person's reputation and professional standing.

Normal conflict arises from disagreements over specific issues and usually resolves, making relationships stronger. In contrast, workplace bullying is intentional aggression over time, damaging both the person and the work environment.

Treating bullying like conflict worsens the situation, leading to retaliation and escalation. Standard conflict resolution techniques are ineffective against bullying and may harm the targets.