A new study, published in the Journal of Managerial Psychology, has demonstrated that many workplace bullies achieve high levels of career success.
"The study found that some workplace bullies have high social skill that they use to strategically abuse their coworkers, yet still receive positive evaluations from their supervisors."
“Many bullies can be seen as charming and friendly, but they are highly destructive and can manipulate others into providing them with the resources they need to get ahead,” says the study’s co-author, Darren Treadway, PhD.
The study also hypothesizes why bullies thrive, despite increased awareness and efforts to stop such abuse and harassment.
The results showed a strong correlation between bullying, social competence and positive job evaluations.
We have observed the people who bullied us, or colluded in the bullying, being promoted and/or receiving awards. Lecturers have been promoted to senior lecturers, senior lecturers to associate professors, and the latter to professorships or higher. Some staff have risen meteorically to the top of their schools or faculties. Even those people who have been "counselled" for wrongdoing have been promoted.
Does this mean that the higher echelons of management at the University approve of the behaviour demonstrated by these bullies?