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Building a Culture of Respect: Managing Bullying at Work (Issues in…

by Noreen Tehrani

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While this edition was written in 2001, it is still a useful resource. It outlines the finding of earlier research on bullying and discusses both commonalities and contradictions found in the conclusions. Bullying is defined and described. It is discussed from within the framework of psychological and sociological theory. This particular book also discusses they ways in which bullying is an important issue for management, unions, and medical doctors and describes various ways in which individuals can support and aid bullied persons as well as ways in which policies, laws and workplace norms can be changed to reduce the tendency for bullying.
This book focuses on research, policy and social issues from primarily the UK but remains useful to other English-speaking nations. It makes some useful points about the nature of bullying in the workplace and could be considered one of many useful resources for any person who has been bullied at work or professionals, supervisors or managers who wish to reduce bullying in their workplace.
The key points made include:
• Bullying is a real and common occurrence in workplaces.
• The presence of bullying in a workplace has more to do with structural and cultural characteristics of the organization rather than personality traits of individuals. This means that removing bullies from a workplace without removing the root cause of the bullying will not eliminate the bullying problem.
• Bullying can have a detrimental and long-lasting impact on both the bullied and those who witness bullying.
• Any individual has the potential to bully or be bullied.
• Bullying is generally a reaction to stressful or threatening situations in the workplace whether those threats be real, threatened, potential or imagined.
  donnafrederick | Jan 24, 2011 |
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Bullying is an increasing problem in the workplace. It is estimated that five million workers are bullied each year in the UK, and that one in four employees is aware of colleagues being bullied. Bullying creates significant health problems for employees and, despite this, there is a conspicuous absence of published material on why these behaviors occur, how their occurrence can be reduced, and what can be done to help the victims.

Building a Culture of Respect focuses on the development of organizational cultures that promote the dignity of all employees, which have the power to reduce the incidence and impact of bullying. The creation of an organizational culture of respect requires an integration of organizational policies, processes and interventions. Written by a group of experienced academics and practitioners, this collective volume allows theory to be integrated with evidence and practice in an approach that can be used to inform organizational management, unions, human resource managers, lawyers, general practitioners, occupational health psychologists and counselors on the most effective ways of addressing bullying at work.

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