Dignity at Work: Eliminate Bullying and Create a Positive Working Environment

Dignity at Work: Eliminate Bullying and Create a Positive Working Environment

Dignity at Work: Eliminate Bullying and Create a Positive Working Environment

Dignity at Work: Eliminate Bullying and Create a Positive Working Environment

Synopsis

The author of this title has drawn on her long experience of working with organizations of all sizes and at all levels, and gives practical guidelines to organizations that want to combat bullying in the workplace, as well as to psychologists and counsellors working with those organizations.

Excerpt

Behaviours that were still tolerated right up until the last decade of the last century are not necessarily acceptable now. Yet, in the face of change, even obvious and welcome change, for most of us the feeling is one of trepidation.

Coming to terms with my own resistance to change has given me some understanding of how the same phenomenon operates within organisations and the people inside them.

The prospect of change is no less difficult for companies than it is for individuals. Indeed, sometimes it is even harder. In spite of that, it is now time to stop paying lip service to the notion of dignity at work and start taking it seriously. The myriad reasons will be explained in the following chapters; suffice it to say for now that the general population is becoming increasingly aware of bullying in the workplace (as more cases are litigated in the courts and exposed in the national press). Together with this awareness also comes the understanding of just how dangerous and unacceptable this behaviour is. And yet, for all this exposure and the ongoing research, there is still not enough information 'out there' primarily because people are not recognising bullying behaviour when they see it and are not acknowledging its inappropriateness in today's business world. Most of us working in the field agree that we do not know the extent to which people are suffering at other people's hands.

Since Andrea Adams published her book Bullying at Work in 1992, research has been undertaken in this country and abroad, TV documentaries have been made, books written, and legal action against employers won. Yet, in spite of the greater awareness, bullying and harassment continue in the workplace, largely unabated. . .

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