Most of the bullys that I have run into are people who suffer from low self esteem and they feel better about themselves by dumping on someone else.
It is a temporary fix though and they must find ways to continue. Like putting a bandaid on a huge wound.
Give one person a little bit of power and if they are not confident in the use of it, they will become a tyrant. When it goes to their head, its almost too hard to tolerate.
I have met people in my life who think that certain titles or position automatically entitles them to respect, without earning it, and have suffered through the "pecking order" mentality.
Sometimes, when a person does not have enough confidence in their abilities or who they are, they will pick apart everyone around them in order to feel better.
Workplace bullys that I have dealt with are usually people who have problems in other areas of life and take it out on co-workers. I have noticed that they usually pick the person that they feel is the easiest to degrade.
Carcha, sometimes when someone has worked for a long time at one facility, they may feel dumped on or unappreciated and they bully because they don't know how else to cope with things.
One nurse that I am working with right now is angry because the new GN's are getting $7000 sign on bonuses and she feels that the hospital is being unfair by not financially rewarding the employees that have faithfully stayed here over the years. She told me 2 weeks ago, "you are new, why should you get a sign on bonus, your lucky to have a job, we couldn't work until we passed boards!"She refuses to take report from any of us, and she points out any minor thing that we do wrong, over and over. I believe that she is angry and feels powerless. She should be mad at the hospital and take it up with them, but we are new and trying to fit in and prove ourselves and much easier to hurt, and so it goes.
Some people bully because they do not know any other way to get what they want. Like a spoiled child, it has worked in the past and so they continue. Others feel bullied and so they pass it on.
It may be a good idea to move staff around in LTC....?? I don't know because I've never worked LTC, however, having the residents get to know the staff and feel comfortable with them would make this very difficult woudn't it?? The problem that I see is that usually everyone knows who the bullys are and other departments don't want them either.