Workplace Bullying: An Exploratory Study of Staff in K-12 Schools

Dr. Cheryl Burleigh
Dr. Ronda Gregg
Presentation Date: 
Friday, March 1, 2019
Event or Conference: 
NASP 2019 Annual Convention Unlock Potential Prevention is the Key
Presentation Type: 
Paper Presentation
Boyer's Domain: 
Presentation Location: 
Hyatt Regency Atlanta
265 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
United States
The problem of bullying is a prevalent and universal phenomenon in society reaching beyond the typical childhood playground and into the academic workplace (Aleem, 2016; King & Piotrowski, 2015). Bullying leads to emotional and mental distress resulting in depression, low self-esteem, poor work performance, and, in some cases, suicide (Hollis, 2017). Bullying by educator-on-educator or leadership-on-educator creates an environment of hostility, uncertainty and fear. Research on childhood bullying is prevalent. The effects of bullying behavior in the workplace among adults had not been extensively researched specifically in the education profession. Attention is turning to incivility among, staff and administrators (King & Piotrowski, 2015; Namie, 2003; Williams, 2017). Bullying at the academic level includes problems on school campuses and at department, group, and staff meetings. The National School Boards Association reported that 46 percent of responders in an Illinois school district, a survey conducted by Rockwell, reported that they had been the victims of bullying while 64 percent reported having seen adult bullying (Healy, 2016).