Charlotte Talks: Bosses Behaving Badly

Sep 4, 2018

Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018

More than 60 percent of workplace bullying is carried out by bosses, according to a 2017 report from the Workplace Bullying Institute
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A look at the cultures of fear, abuse and misbehavior in the workplace that are coming to light. How does this behavior start?  What should you do about it? 

This program initially aired Jan. 8, 2018

The national conversation about what is appropriate behavior in the workplace began with the #MeToo movement shining a lot on sexual misconduct by bosses.

Intertwined with that behavior are reports of workplace bullying and abuse in general, including yelling and belittling of co-workers.

Wake Forest University business professor Sherry Moss says these environments lead to “a whole set of negative consequences for employees,” and they encourage the bullied “to become bullies themselves.”

Corporate leaders were quick to speak out about sexual harassment, but what is being done in the workplace about people in power mistreating employees? Why has that behavior been tolerated before? 

Mike Collins asks experts in management about cultures of abuse in the workplace.


Sherry Moss, professor of organizational studies, Wake Forest University School of Business

Stephanie Dillon, manager of HR advisory services, The Employers Association*

Craig Chappelow, senior faculty, Center for Creative Leadership; co-author of The Toxic Boss Survival Guide

*DISCLOSURE: WFAE is a client of The Employers Association