I would've NEVER imagined that this negative behavior could be considered as bullying
While working on the THINK Academia Initiative, I read a ton of literature on academic bullying. This included statistics, personal stories, research papers, reports, and other formats. I distinctly remember coming across several examples and thinking to myself - "Oh. I knew this behavior was negative and unpleasant. But I never knew that this was a form of bullying."
And this got me thinking. There must be so many others like me within academia who don't know the different forms in which bullying behavior can manifest. I wanted to help make them more aware. And this led me to start working on a list of acts, behaviors, and communication styles that can be considered as bullying. This is now known as THINK Academia’s list of bullying behaviors.
I encourage you all read through this open list and share it with others in your network. You might have seen some of these examples happening in real life and might not have known at the time, that this is a form of bullying in academia. And that's perfectly fine. It was the same for me. Here are some specific examples that I wasn't prepared for -
- Undermining, belittling, or ignoring another person’s work, efforts, ideas, or opinions. (An example of Emotional Bullying)
- Sending passive-aggressive emails or messages (An example of Cyber Bullying)
- Blocking another person's professional advancement by excluding them from promotions and other new opportunities (An example of Career-Related Bullying)
- Forcing the person to work longer hours than their contract requires them to or longer hours than they are paid for. (An example of Career-Related Bullying)
If you feel comfortable having a discussion about this, I'd really appreciate hearing which examples came as a surprise to you. Please do visit this link: https://cactusglobal.com/think-academia/forms-of-bullying. And then share your thoughts in the comments.