Why Do We Need Mobbing Policies?

September 24, 2016

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What is mobbing and why do we need mobbing policies? Mobbing is a form of on-the-job harassment that differs from other forms of harassment in that it is participated in by more than one person.

It is more insidious than other forms of harassment. Making unwanted sexual comments is clearly against the policies of any workplace, but mobbing behavior frequently goes under a disguise. The disguise is the form of constructive criticism but the real form is of unreasonable or excessive criticism.

Criticism is a normal part of any workplace, but criticism can be either constructive or destructive. Harassing criticism is destructive while masquerading as helpful. Usually, the pretense of helpfulness is very shallow and is used only as a disguise, but the pretense is always there. If the unjustly criticized person complains, they can always be painted as stubborn or refusing to try to improve their work performance.

It is useful to cultivate a good memory for who tells you to do what and how, so if you are challenged on the job by a coworker, you can justify your performance by explaining how you were instructed to do the work. However, mobbing is a sign of a toxic workplace, and if you are pegged as a victim, it is a sign that you should look for work elsewhere as soon as possible.

But why do we need mobbing policies? Mobbing can be very destructive to both the individual and the organization. It may be surprising to some, but supervisors can engage in mobbing along with their underlings. Even a business owner may engage in mobbing behavior if he thinks his employees will put up with it. Although this kind of behavior can cause high turnover and is counterproductive, people do not always act in a rational way.

Shy people are more frequent victims of mobbing or other harassment on the job, because their quiet demeanor is often seen as a lack of self-confidence or unassertiveness.

To the victim, mobbing, like any other form of harassment, causes stress. Stress is a natural reaction of the fight or flight response. Unfortunately, while this response may have been appropriate in the distant past when we needed to avoid wild animals, it is not so appropriate in the workplace.

Nevertheless, it exists. The hypothalamus at the base of the brain stimulates the pituitary gland to produce hormones to stimulate the adrenal glands. Muscles can ache due to the slow mobilization of lactic acid. The liver may discharge sugars into the bloodstream to provide excess energy and it may also release excess amounts of cholesterol.

Breathing may speed up to provide more oxygen to the muscles and the heart rate may increase. the blood pressure rises and the adrenal glands release adrenaline. The kidneys may work less efficiently because of the reduced blood supply and digestion may slow down. The immune system may even be impaired, making the victim More susceptible to disease or allergic reactions.

The author of this article describes many more ways to have a conversation with difficult people and how to deal with them effectively in his new course, “Break out of your Shell! How To Overcome Shyness So You Can Get On With Your Life!” In it, he discusses how to deal with many types of difficult people such as constant interrupters, people who go on and on and on and on, snobs, bossy people and bossy coworkers, constant critics and argumentative know-it-alls.

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