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Updated Feb 12, 2013 - 7:00 am

Bullying focus begins to shift to workplace

PHOENIX -- Bullies are not just on school playgrounds. They're in the workplace too.

A workplace bully could be a co-worker. It could even be a boss.

Portland, Ore. attorney Jathan Janove is an expert on bullies at work. He gives webinars on this topic and said some bosses create a "Zone of Fear" of anxiety and intimidation that interferes with people's capability to perform on the job.

"Most bosses that do this -- and many, many, many do -- they aren't aware that they're behaving as bullies."

A bullying situation may not involve frightened employees. Sometimes it's the boss telling an inappropriate joke. Not too many people are willing to say, 'Didn't get that one, boss.'

Janove said direct responses are best. Tell the chief it's not funny.

"If that doesn't work, then action should be taken. It should be dealt with. Not only are you the victim but there are probably other victims as well."

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

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