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Political Skill And The Job Performance Of Bullies

Darren C. Treadway, Brooke A. Shaughnessy, Jacob W. Breland, J. Yang, M. Reeves
Published 2013 · Psychology

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Purpose – Recent studies suggest that 84 percent of employees are affected in some manner by workplace bullies. The current study aims to integrate theory from social information processing and political skill to explain how bullies can successfully navigate the social and political organizational environment and achieve higher ratings of performance.Design/methodology/approach – A questionnaire, archival performance data, and social networks methodology were employed in a health services organization in order to capture the individual differences and social perception of bullies in the workplace.Findings – While victims are usually targeted due to their social incompetence, on some occasions bullies can possess high levels of social ability. Due to their social competence, they are able to strategically abuse coworkers and yet be evaluated positively by their supervisor.Research limitations/implications – This study is the first attempt to measure the high performance of bullies who thrive in the workpla...
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