The Bullies of Genetic Genealogy

Bullying is a problem in genetic genealogy. It is a big problem. What you say? Well, here is a useful list of the top 25 bullying practices seen in workplace bullying from the Workplace Bullying Institute.

  1. falsely accused someone of “errors” not actually made (71%)
  2. stared, glared, was nonverbally intimidating and was clearly showing hostility (68%)
  3. discounted the person’s thoughts or feelings (“oh, that’s silly”) in meetings (64%)
  4. used the “silent treatment” to “ice out” & separate from others (64%)
  5. exhibited presumably uncontrollable mood swings in front of the group (61%)
  6. made up own rules on the fly that even she/he did not follow (61%)
  7. disregarded satisfactory or exemplary quality of completed work despite evidence (58%)
  8. harshly and constantly criticized having a different ‘standard’ for the Target (57%)
  9. started, or failed to stop, destructive rumors or gossip about the person (56%)
  10. encouraged people to turn against the person being tormented (55%)
  11. singled out and isolated one person from co-workers, either socially or physically (54%)
  12. publicly displayed “gross,” undignified, but not illegal, behavior (53%)
  13. yelled, screamed, threw tantrums in front of others to humiliate a person (53%)
  14. stole credit for work done by others (47%)
  15. abused the evaluation process by lying about the person’s performance (46%)
  16. “insubordinate” for failing to follow arbitrary commands (46%)
  17. used confidential information about a person to humiliate privately or publicly (45%)
  18. retaliated against the person after a complaint was filed (45%)
  19. made verbal put-downs/insults based on gender, race, accent or language, disability (44%)
  20. assigned undesirable work as punishment (44%)
  21. made undoable demands– workload, deadlines, duties — for person singled out (44%)
  22. launched a baseless campaign to oust the person and not stopped by the employer (43%)
  23. encouraged the person to quit or transfer rather than to face more mistreatment (43%)
  24. sabotaged the person’s contribution to a team goal and reward (41%)
  25. ensured failure of person’s project by not performing required tasks: signoffs, taking calls, working with collaborators (40%)

As part of this series, I will in future posts reference this one while I call out some of the bullies on their behavior.

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