Over the past 15 years in the U. There is a growing consensus among lay people and scholars on the definition of workplace bullying, its causes, and its effects on individuals as well as on the workplace itself. At the same time, translating this consensus into effective employment policies and contract provisions is challenging: the parties need clear and enforceable language that also meets the sometimes divergent interests of employees, employers and unions. Our purpose in this paper is to provide assistance to advocates and arbitrators as they deal with this complex workplace problem. We briefly review the definitions, prevalence, impact and causes of workplace bullying and mobbing. We discuss the evolving approaches to workplace bullying by union and management representatives, providing a sampling of employer policy and contract language.
Everyone has heard of the terms bullying and harassment where a number of them have experienced either or both of them. It is not unusual for individuals to consider bullying and harassment to be almost one and the same but there exist a difference between these two terms. Bullying usually incorporates discrimination on the basis of competence while harassment is usually connected with sex, prejudice as well as discrimination itself. Every person deserves to be treated with respect and dignity in the workplace. These two vices may be by a person against another or incorporate groups of individuals. Bullying and harassment in the workplace are considered serious issues which require employers to be responsible for taking responsible steps in preventing such vice Keashly, et al.
Workplace bullying is continual verbal, mental or even physical mistreatment of a person in the workplace. It can come from a boss or a coworker and can be harmful. It is a problem for employees as well as employers because it often begins in a stressful work environment and will eventually lower morale and productivity.
The situational conflict that our group chose exemplified workplace bullying among the nursing staff in a Hospice facility. Aggressive behavior in the workplace damages professional relationships, impairs patient and employee satisfaction, increases employee injuries and illnesses, and. Workplace bullying is something that is a big contemporary problem, that I feel is often pushed under the rug and not discussed.