Human Resources Training, workplace conflict resolution

Female to Female Hostility @Workplace: All you Need to Know


Is it true that women are more hostile to each other at the workplace than with men? Can it be said that the incidence of women bullying and harassing other women more than men at the workplace is high? As in every other aspect of life, do men and women think differently when it comes to the approach towards bullying?

These interesting topics and more will be dealt with at in great depth at a webinar that is being organized by TrainHR, a leading provider of professional training for all the areas of human resources, on January 24.

The expert at this webinar is Susan Strauss, a national and international speaker, trainer, consultant and a recognized expert on workplace and school harassment and bullying. She will offer valuable insights into the very pertinent topic of bullying of female employees by other female employees.

Please visit TrainHR to enroll for this webinar.

This webinar has been approved for 1.25 HR (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR, PHR, PHRca, SPHR, GPHR, PHRi and SPHRi recertification through HR Certification Institute (HRCI).

Viewing this webinar, its entirety qualifies for a recertification credit hour that may be counted toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification from SHRM. Credit is awarded based on the actual educational time spent in the program.


It is generally true that bullying by women is subtler than by men. So, identifying and recognizing female-to-female bulling is not very easy. What exacerbates this point is that many managers choose to overlook this fact of the workplace, as a result of which, this practice could go undetected and unchecked.

It may broadly and generally be true that female to female bullying is different from bullying by men; yet, the results of female bullying can be impactful, ranging from absenteeism and lack of trust in management to poor performance and increased employee turnover.

Getting a proper perspective of female harassment

Some of the core questions relating to female bullying, which Dr. Strauss will take up at the webinar include:

  • 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?

These are a few of the learning objectives that Dr. Strauss will impart at this session:

  • 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

The following areas will be covered at this webinar, which is aimed at the benefit of Human Resources Generalists, Managers, Directors, Women Owners, HR Managers, Controllers, Supervisors, Office Managers, Accounts Managers, or anyone in Management at all levels:

  • 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.


About the speaker:

Dr. Susan Strauss conducts harassment and bullying investigations and functions as an expert witness in harassment and bullying lawsuits. The popularity of these exercises can be gauged from the vast spectrum of sectors that her clients hail from: business, education, healthcare, law, and government organizations from both the public and private sector.

She has conducted research, written over 30 books, book chapters, and journal articles on harassment, bullying, and related topics. She appears on television and radio


2 thoughts on “Female to Female Hostility @Workplace: All you Need to Know”

  1. Awesome post! I’ve experienced workplace bullying by other women and luckily, I was able to get out on my own terms and before it did any lasting damage. What I’ve learned from it is that women are very cunning in their attacks, they will also hold grudges against you until the end of time! Women are also twice as vicious as men and are growing more and more physically violent in recent years.

    Thank you for posting this insightful article! Have a great week!

  2. Reblogged this on Chateau Cherie and commented:
    This is from the TrainHR blog and it’s very insightful into woman on woman hostility in the workplace. As stated, women are much more covert in their bullying attacks than men. Women also tend to bully other women.

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