Abuse of power

Abuse of power in the workplace occurs when employees are personally attacked by words and/or deeds. This abuse is independent of the management hierarchy and can take place across groups or at the same hierarchical level or both top-down and bottom-up. There is a deliberate attempt to bring people into dependency and keep them under control. In doing so, it is consciously accepted that they will be harmed. Special forms of abuse of power are sexual harassment and mobbing.