Addressing workplace bullying, mobbing, and incivility in higher education: The roles of law, cultures, codes, and coaching
The non-tenured — adjunct faculty, lecturers, student workers, research assistants and staff — are especially vulnerable to workplace bullying and mobbing in higher ed.
At the just-concluded International Congress on Law and Mental Health in Prague, I presented a short paper, “Addressing Workplace Bullying, Mobbing, and Incivility in Higher Education: The Roles of Law, Cultures, Codes, and Coaching,” as part of a panel discussion on legal issues in higher education. In assembling this talk, I drew heavily upon sources discussed in past blog entries, as I have long been interested in bullying behaviors in academe. Here’s a slightly edited version of my outline for the talk:
- Short definitions
- Workplace bullying – Intentional, often repeated, and health harming mistreatment of an employee by one of more other employees, using verbal and non-verbal means.
- Workplace mobbing – An intentional “ganging up” on an employee by multiple employees, using bullying-type behaviors.
- Workplace incivility – Behavior that violates conventional norms of workplace conduct.
- Reduced employee productivity, attentiveness, and employee morale, increased attrition and absenteeism;
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