Workplace Bullying: Communication-Based Strategies for Prevention and Early Intervention

Wednesday 2:25 – 3:25 PM

Session Description

Workplace bullying is an increasingly common phenomena that reveals the dark side of incivility in organizational and professional life. According to the Workplace Bullying Institute, approximately 65 million people have experienced bullying in the workplace. Yet, because of the complexity and power dynamics often involved, research shows that organizations put themselves at risk by denying, discounting, encouraging, rationalizing or even defending bullying. The negative consequences of workplace bullying can be extremely detrimental to individual health and well-being, as well as to employee engagement and organizational productivity.
In this session, you will learn how to identify workplace bullying, types of workplace bullying, the profile of typical workplace bullies, why people bully, how to support the targets of bullying, and the strategies you and your organization can use to stop workplace bullying.

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn the difference between workplace bullying, conflict and harassment
  2. Explore the negative consequences workplace bullying has on individuals and organizations
  3. Identify strategies to help unit managers and HR team members support victims and address bullying before it escalates to a formal performance management or disciplinary process
  4. Understand what your organization can do to promote healthy working relationships and a positive communication climate.


Angie Pastorek

Angie Pastorek (PhD, University of Texas at Austin) is a program manager and faculty for the Professional Workplace Communication graduate programs at the KU Edwards campus in Overland Park. Angie focuses on helping team members, managers and leaders identify “what’s really going on here” in terms of team communication and organizational culture across increasingly complex and resource-constrained organizations.