Bullying vs. Inclusion in the Workplace

Arin N. Reeves
November 2010

Bullying sounds bad, but it also sounds like a juvenile act – an immature thoughtless, and maybe even mean act committed by otherwise good kids. Amid the intense media coverage of these horrific tragedies, the term bullying allows us grown-ups to shake our heads and sigh over how difficult we imagine it is for young people these days to navigate the complexities of technological advances while they are evolving into social beings.

As awful as the stories are, just below the surface lies an even more frightening narrative. The bullying – carried out by peers of the victims – is anchored in the exploitation of differences, especially identity differences.

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