How to Detect the Bully Personalities and Avoid the “United Airlines Syndrome”

Scary statistics:

  • 35% of the U.S. workforce (an est. 53.5 million Americans) report being bullied at work
  • An additional 15% witness bullying at work
  • Bullying is 4 times more prevalent than illegal harassment
  • The majority (68%) of bullying is same-gender (1)


The liability of bringing in a new employee who reveals himself/herself as a bully (always AFTER the trial period) goes way beyond the negative impact on the staff morale: it can have a brutal effect on your employees’ loyalty, hence your company’s reputation and profitability! Case in point:

  • Targeted employees lose their jobs at a significantly higher rate than perpetrators (82% vs. 18 %).
  • 61% of all targets of bullying end up losing their job.
  • About 45% of individuals targeted by bullies at work suffer stress-related health problems. That could include cardiovascular problems, an impaired immune system, debilitating anxiety and even post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • $8,800 is the amount of annual lost wages that workplace bullying costs a target on average.
  • Every target of a bully may lose 200 to 400 hours of productivity annually.
  • 72% of employees will leave their job because they’ve been bullied or witnessed bullying in the workplace. (2)


How do you protect your company – and your employees from bullies? How do you avoid the “United Airlines Syndrome?”

Well first, you must be able to DETECT them; and that is a major challenge, as no applicant will ever confess during an interview that they might bully their peers. Also, knowing that less than 7% of bullying attitudes are reported, the bully personality often won’t be disclosed in a background check. This is why we developed your best “Insurance Policy” against the bully personality.

The Recru-Tec Test

This unique pre-hire assessment evaluates over 35 personality syndromes, also called “conflicting personality characteristics.” NO OTHER PRE-HIRE TEST measures so precisely so many hidden and potentially damaging personality syndromes.


The profile below shows the “Bully Personality” syndrome. As you can see, trait #1 is very low – revealing an extremely compulsive (out of control) attitude. Combined with a high trait #6 and very low traits #7, 8 and to some degree trait #11, the profile shows a “perfect” bully personality.

Good news: when such a syndrome exists, the system will automatically describe it for you.
Bully Characteristic

Do not hire bullies!

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