One of the most dysfunctional and disruptive things that can happen in the workplace is to be threatened in one’s job: not physical threats but mental or psychological provocation, not bullying but badgering.
Threatened by whom? Could be by the boss, by a fellow worker, by a newcomer to the scene, or even by oneself.
Not only can this result in lost labor-hours because you’re plotting ways to overcome the threatening behavior instead of doing your work, it can cause disharmony on the organizational team by throwing it into disarray.
Why would and how could the boss threaten an employee? Easy! The boss may not like or respect someone in his or her employ. Instead of firing that person, most likely because the boss doesn’t have the necessary for-cause rationale, the boss simply makes life unbearable for that employee: everything from harangue to harassment, from ignoring that person to passing him or her by for a raise or a promotion.