How to deal with 'bitchy' women at work

Bitchy women

Bitchy women at work who play emotional and tormenting games are responsible for high levels of stress and sickness among their female colleagues, a new study has found.

Meredith Fuller, author of new book 'Working With Bitches' and a psychologist for more than 30 years, said that her clients commonly complained about other women in the workforce who used schoolyard-style bullying and exclusion tactics to get their way at work.

Dr Fuller, who then researched the subject by interviewing women from Australia and the US, found workplace "bitches" could be classified into eight main categories.

"Think about school where you observed who's the 'in group', who's the 'out group', girls who would refuse to speak to other girls, taunts, giggling, raising eyebrows, body language," News.com.au quoted Dr Fuller as saying.

Dr Fuller said the problem was becoming worse in a more uncertain and competitive job market.

When some women see female colleagues succeeding at work they feel threatened - particularly if their colleague is good at something they're not - and respond with "bitchy" tactics.

These women can be driven by perfectionism, anxiety, a sense of not feeling good enough, a sense of anger or a sense of a sense of entitlement, Dr Fuller said.

According to the author there are eight types of workplace bitches.

The Excluder sees other women as oxygen thieves if there is no personal gain from communicating with them. She can pretend you don't exist and fail to pass on important information.

The solution - don't chase after her. The more you dance after her, the more she ignores you. You will be able to get minimum required communication by discussing the problem with a more senior manager. Make sure you obtain necessary information from any other sources.

The Insecure micromanages everyone, trusts no one, and thinks that no one knows better than she does.

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