Today, workplace aggression and abuse are increasingly common. This includes bullying, in which one or a few individuals – usually a boss – torment an employee. A more insidious attack is mobbing, in which a workplace group – often with the support of management – harass and terrorize an employee, to force him or her to leave or to create cause for dismissal. Mobbing can result in debilitating physical and emotional stress and illness, even suicide. Mental health professionals Maureen Duffy and Len Sperry detail mobbing, where and why it occurs, the effects on its victims and what companies can do to eliminate it. getAbstract recommends their insights to executives, HR professionals and to employees at all levels. The more executives and employees understand and recognize mobbing, the more they can do to eradicate it.
About the Authors
Maureen Duffy is a family therapist and consultant on workplace and school bullying issues. Len Sperry teaches mental health counseling at Florida Atlantic University.