Making sense of workplace bullying

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Mobbing:

This refers to bullying by a group. In the workplace, this is often with the intent to force someone out of the workplace.

Organizational factors:

“Change processes… provided an effective smokescreen for bullying behaviour. One of the most common tactics used by bullies was to threaten targets using the current organizational changes as a ‘reason’ to threaten jobs, careers, and professionalism.” (Hutchinson et al., 2005)

Attacks on professional competence and reputation

“Erosion of professional competence and reputation” is a significant type of workplace bullying that includes “damage to professional identity and limiting career opportunities” (Hutchinson et al., 2010) and “may be a strategy to reduce those targeted to a state of powerlessness and worthlessness. (Hutchinson et al., 2008)

Consequences of bullying

“Mobbing results in the humiliation, devaluation, discrediting, degradation, loss of professional reputation and, usually, the removal of the target from the organization with all the concomitant financial, career, health, and psychosocial implications that one might expect from a protracted traumatizing experience.” (Duffy and Sperry, 2007)

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