(Vienna, 11/25/2016) Mobbing can happen in almost all areas of life and harm concerned persons not only physically but also psychically. Nowadays the working world is affected dramatically by that problem. The job search engine Jobswype therefore asked its users whether they have ever been a victim of mobbing at work. It turned out that, in most of the countries where Jobswype is active, between 60 to 80 % of the responders have already been or felt like a victim of mobbing at work sometimes or even frequently.
This is shocking, especially considering that a person can hardly avoid mobbing situations when it comes to her working place he or she may be depending on. A common definition of mobbing at work is the one from Einarsen, Hoel, Zapf and Cooper describing it as follows: “Bullying at work means harassing, offending, socially excluding someone or negatively affecting someone’s work tasks. In order for the label bullying (or mobbing) to be applied to a particular activity, interaction or process it has to occur repeatedly and regularly and over a period of time. Mobbing is an escalated process in the course of which the person confronted ends up in an inferior position and becomes the target of systematic negative social acts.” Mobbing at work is typically expressed by gossiping about the concerned person, social isolation (the person is being ignored), the refusal to provide information necessary of the work of the person, insults or even threats.
If a person notices such a behavior towards him or her, this must not be ignored! It requires courage and especially overcoming but in the case of mobbing at work by other employees, the first person who has to be consulted is the chief. For this, it is necessary that the person being bullied provides the chief with concrete facts demonstrating and proving the mobbing by other employees. Afterwards, the chief will have to prove all of this and take care of the situation properly. Should the meeting with the chief not achieve the desired results, meaning the bullying continue to go on, it is the right of the person who is being bullied, to end the employment contract.
3200 users took part in this poll from November 2016.
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