Dark Tetrad at Work: Perceived Severity of Bullying, Harassment and Workplace Deviance.

NICHOLAS LONGPRE, Sophie Turner

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Abstract

Although the Dark Tetrad has been linked to deviant behaviors, more research is needed about its expression in workplaces and continuity outside of work. The current study investigated the role of the antagonistic traits on perception of workplace harassment and bullying. Men were found to score higher on antagonistic traits and have a more lenient perception of harassment and bullying. Personality traits at work and outside were highly correlated. Regression analyses revealed that sadism predicted a more lenient perception of bullying, whilst a more lenient perception of harassment was predicted by sadism and industry type, and partially by psychopathy and gender. In summary, personality traits enduring across environments, but sadism was the most important predictor of a more lenient perception of harassment and bullying at work. The current study suggests a disparity between personality traits and expressed behaviors. Findings can be used to prevent workplace deviance and aid recruitment processes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-21
JournalInternational Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
Early online date19 Mar 2024
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 19 Mar 2024

Keywords

  • Dark Tetrad
  • Antagonistic Traits
  • Bullying
  • Harassment
  • Deviant Workplace Behavior

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