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Workplace bullying is a subtle manifestation of disturbed relationships in the workplace and it is considered an extreme type of social stressor at work. The present study is based on research regarding bullying in the workplace, specifically involving teachers in elementary schools in the Czech Republic. The sample consisted of 13 elementary school teachers who had been exposed to regular bullying by their colleagues or senior executives for at least six months. Based on in-depth interviews and subsequent coding and categorization of statements, the main aim of the research is to analyse the factors causing bullying in the workplace. The teachers who experienced bullying in the role of victims state that the main reasons for this kind of aggressive behaviour lie in the personality of the bully, personality of the victim, mutual antipathy of the perpetrator and the victim, and in the job selection process.
Keywords: School; school climate; aggression; bullying in the workplace; causes of bullying.
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