I think at some time or another we have all experienced them -- workplace bullies. In my humble opinion they are the lowest form of humanity, and deserve less respect than they afford other people. Workplace bullies can -- and do -- get away with anything, because no one wants to deal with them. Co-workers and subordinates cannot deal with them, and management refuses to deal with them. It's easier to blame the victims of the bullying than it is to deal with the perpetrators. So, the bullying continues.
Most organizations have initiated respectful workplace policies, together with human rights policies, but most organizations never utilize the policies. Dealing with a workplace bully is like chasing smoke, and workplace bullies rely on that. They are fully aware of the fact that, the worse their behavior is, the more people will run and hide to avoid it -- including management.
The favorite tools of a work place bully are yelling, intimidation, gossip, threats, inuendoes, ridiculing people in front of their peers, pitting co-workers against each other ... the list goes on.
Workplace bullies can drain the life right out of an organization, and bullies set themselves up as "the only productive worker" in the place.
"What would this place do without me...!!!???"
Well, let me tell you what we would do without you... *heh*
When the workplace bully finally retires, guess who will be the first person to break open the champagne.