Most Women Feel Bullied In The Workplace...By Other Women!

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  • A new report finds that two-thirds of women say they feel bullied by fellow females at the office
  • 70% say that bullying came from female professionals trying to block their workplace ambitions
  • This is an example of “Queen Bee Syndrome,” in which “women use their social intelligence to manipulate relationships or damage colleagues’ reputations” 

While you’d think women would look out for each other at the office, especially considering how badly they are often treated by men, a new survey suggests the opposite is actually happening.

A new report published in the “Journal of Development and Learning Organizations,” finds that two-thirds of women say they feel bullied by fellow females at the office. What’s more, 70% say that bullying came from female professionals trying to block their workplace ambitions.

The study suggests this is an example of “Queen Bee Syndrome,” in which “women use their social intelligence to manipulate relationships or damage colleagues’ reputations,” which can be the “biggest hindrance to women advancing in the workplace.” The study adds that such Queen Bees “are women [who] treat colleagues in a demoralizing, undermining, or bullying manner. They are adult versions of the mean girls from school.”

And companies may want to keep an eye out for such Queen Bee scenarios because it can be bad for business. The study notes such behavior can result in reduced productivity, lower profitability and reduced rate of employee satisfaction.

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