There’s been an interesting discussion on the LinkedIn Workplace Bullying group pages, which is a members only group at present. People have been talking about how difficult it is when bullying works to isolate and exclude individuals. I mentioned the experience of a friend of mine who has suffered from this for the last fifteen months (in fact, since he started a new job).
Exclusion and isolation featured among the torture tactics used on American soldiers during the Korean war and are cited in Biderman’s Chart of Coercion. The same tactics are replicated in aspects of workplace bullying and domestic violence. I created a chart to demonstrate this in Bullying in the Arts.
There were lots of comments about this problem of exclusion in the group and I felt it was a really important topic to highlight. ‘Sending someone to Coventry’ is as much a form of bullying as verbal abuse, threatening behaviour or sending malicious emails, texts and posts.