One of these markers that help identify a workplace aggressor starts when people are getting their education. Research shows that students who have faculty and internship advisors who are not role modeling good professional boundaries are more likely to mirror this bad behavior in the workplace. Unfortunately, these students tend learn that aggression is rewarded and they replicate this in the workplace.
Certain personality qualities also are red flags that help identify future persistent workplace aggressors. Two that are directly connected are self-reflection and blaming others.
People who are not able to self-reflect on their own behavior and understand how it impacts others are at high risk to be potential aggressors. Lacking this skill is detrimental to the workplace because these individuals have no ability to see how their aggression is negatively impacting the environment. Workers who are unable to self-reflect are unable to change their behavior.
Blaming other people for one’s behavior is another characteristic that aids in identifying persistent workplace aggressors. These individuals are unable to reflect on their own behavior and they blame everyone else in the organization for what is happening. Their behavior does not cause issues in the organization. It is everyone else’s fault. As such, they are not responsible nor do they need to alter their behavior. Blaming others combined with lack of reflection are key warnings that the worker could be a budding persistent workplace aggressor. People with these qualities tend to target those workers who they view as being problematic. Even though, in reality, they are most likely the ones who are difficult to work with.
Anyone of us have the potential to be aggressors in the workplace. However, there are indicators that can help organizations identify potential persistent workplace aggressors. It is recommended that organizations develop screening processes to assist them with identifying workers who might bring total chaos into the workplace.
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