Women’s Hostility to Women in the Workplace: Myth or Reality?

Instructor: Dr. Susan Strauss
Product ID: 704544
  • Duration: 60 Min

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This training program will discuss whether women are more hostile among each other in the workplace. It will discuss sexism and stereotypes in our perceptions of women and men’s bullying, the nexus of bullying and harassment, and the impact of bullying on witnesses.

Why Should You Attend:

  • Are women really each other’s worse enemy or is it just a myth and a stereotype?
  • What does research show about women’s hostility to other women, sometimes called bullying in the workplace?
  • Is female to female bullying an issue that deserves attention apart from general workplace bullying?
  • Do we have different expectations of women’s behavior at work than we do of men’s behavior?
  • Do we have a responsibility, as women, to support other women at work?

This webinar will discuss the phenomenon – or lack thereof- of women’s hostility to other women, outline what one should do if bullied, and discuss management’s role in the prevention and intervention of the behavior.

Research suggests that men and women employ different tactics in bullying. Because women’s ways of bullying are generally more subtle, managers may not recognize it as bullying and ignore the behavior thereby giving tacit approval for it to continue. This leads to poor morale, lack of trust in management, and poor performance, absenteeism, and turnover.

Learning Objectives:

  • Theories as to whether women are more hostile to each other than to men
  • Sexism and stereotypes in our perceptions of women and men’s bullying
  • The nexus of bullying and harassment
  • Impact of bullying on witnesses
  • Tort laws
  • Tokenism

Areas Covered in the Webinar:

  • To describe women’s ways of bullying
  • To discuss the theoretical causes and contributing factors of women’s bullying
  • To determine if bullying could be illegal harassment
  • To explore the impact of women bullying their colleagues
  • To identify management’s role in the prevention and intervention of women’s bullying
  • To list the steps to take if targeted by a bully

Who Will Benefit:

  • Human Resources Generalists
  • Managers
  • Directors
  • Women Owners
  • HR Managers
  • Controllers
  • Supervisors
  • Office Managers
  • Accounts Managers
  • Anyone in management at all levels

Instructor Profile:

Susan Strauss is a national and international speaker, trainer, consultant and a recognized expert on workplace and school harassment and bullying. She conducts harassment and bullying investigations and functions as an expert witness in harassment and bullying lawsuits. Her clients are from business, education, healthcare, law, and government organizations from both the public and private sector.

Dr. Strauss has conducted research, written over 30 books, book chapters, and journal articles on harassment, bullying, and related topics. She has been featured on 20/20, CBS Evening News and other television and radio programs as well as interviewed for newspaper and journal articles such as Harvard Education Newsletter, Lawyers Weekly, and the Times of London.

She is the recipient of the Excellence in Educational Equity Award from the Minnesota Department of Education for her work in sexual harassment in education. She has spoken about sexual harassment at international conferences in Botswana, Egypt, Thailand, and the U.S. She consulted with the Israeli Ministry of Education, as well as with educators from Israel, England, Australia, St. Martin, Bali, Beirut, and Canada. She traveled to Poland and conducted research on sex discrimination and sexual harassment in Polish workplaces with Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights.

Dr. Strauss has a doctorate in organizational leadership. She is a registered nurse, has a bachelor’s degree in human services and counseling, a master’s degree in community health, and professional certificate in training and development. She has been involved in the harassment and bullying arena since 1985.


Course "Women’s Hostility to Women in the Workplace: Myth or Reality?" has been pre-approved by SHRM as eligible for “1” credits and HRCI as eligible for “1” credits towards a participant's recertification upon full completion.
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