Coyne, I., Lindley, P. and Smith-Lee, P., University of Hull, United Kingdom
Within workplace bullying research there is some disagreement as to what criteria to use in order to classify victims of workplace bullying. By using different criteria, it is difficult for researchers to compare the findings of research across studies and countries. Further, the majority of research relies on self-reported victimisation and fails to include reports from peers. This paper highlights this problem by illustrating the different incident rates of victimisation in a public sector organisation when using a combination of self-reports, peer reports, and self and peer reports. Further, the same approach is used in order to obtain some indication of the rates of perpetrators of workplace bullying. Using a combination of self and peer nomination to classify victims and perpetrators, a sociometric analysis was performed in order to examine how victims, perpetrators and other employees interact within work teams and to identify what 'roles' each take within the team. Preliminary results indicate that victims tend to be placed within the main group and were sometimes nominated as 'stars'. On the contrary perpetrators tended to be located in subgroups or nominated as 'isolates'.