ISBN: 978-0-87101-490-0. 2015. Item #4900. 272 pages.
Are you or your colleagues stressed out at work Do you feel degraded, humiliated, embarrassed, or threatened If so, maybe you are a victim of workplace bullying. Although the problem of workplace bullying is not new, the incidence, prevalence, and severity have worsened in the United States. In Workplace Bullying: Clinical and Organizational Perspectives, Judith Geneva Balcerzak provides an understanding of workplace bullying from a theoretical, clinical, organizational, and public policy perspeive. This book is unique in that it approaches the subject of workplace bullying from multiple disciplines.
There are few laws that protect workers from emotional abuse. Individuals who have been victims of workplace bullying may develop severe symptoms and illness, including major depression and suicidal ideation. Some bullied workers have become disabled and are unable to continue working or return to work after taking a leave of absence. Because it is not illegal, workplace bullying is difficult to prosecute and perpetrators are rarely held accountable.
This timely resource will serve as a practice guide for social workers, clinicians, practitioners, consultants, and policy advocates addressing the concerns of workplace bullying. It offers strategies for bullying prevention and intervention, treatment, remediation, and advocacy for those who are or have been bullied in the workplace.
About the Author
Acknowledgments and Dedication
1 Introduction to Mobbing in the Workplace and an Overview of Adult Bullying
2 Multiple Theoretical Explanations for Mobbing
3 Data and Trends in Workplace Emotional Abuse
4 At-Risk Professions, Environments, and Organizational Functioning
5 Reactions of Victims to Emotional Abuse at Work
6 Interventions with Individuals
7 Workplace Interventions
8 Social Perspective, Social Work, and Implications for Social Policy
9 Additional and Alternative Explanations for Increased Bullying
This book examines the definition, causes, effects, and prevalence of workplace bullying and mobbing and identifies solutions from a variety of theoretical perspectives. It includes an exploration of the history of the definition and conceptualization of mobbing, its role in high-risk professions, and the personality traits of people who are mobbed and their persecutors. This work also identifies organizational practices related to the risks of mobbing, strategies for prevention, social work’s role, and the role of other clinical disciplines in treating physical and psychological symptoms resulting from mobbing.
I have addressed the need for an integrated framework identifying organizational vulnerabilities and leadership strategies; provided suggestions for victim survival, clinical assessment, and treatment for targets of abuse; and highlighted organizational prevention and best practices for remediation. The laws and public policies currently in place and those in development are examined. Finally, I have explored larger public policy issues and human rights concerns.
To establish the breadth and scope of the problem from a global perspective, citations include research from countries and cultures where literature sources originated. The conclusions of this work provide a basis for social work scholars and practitioners to include this growing social problem as a domain in which to intervene and call for social change.
Gary Namie, PhD
Workplace Bullying Institute
Whether you are an employer, employee, organizational consultant, or labor representative, the complexity and scope of addressing the issue of bullying and abusive disrespect in the workplace is difficult, delicate, and potentially overwhelming. I found this book an invaluable resource in examining organizational resistance to the issue of mobbing, content of policy, and the sensitization of the community mental health practitioner. With comprehensive depth and detail, Dr. Balcerzak offers an array of evidence-based solutions and interventions to choose from. Quite simply, after reading this book it will be hard for anyone to ignore this issue. It provides the must-have elements for an effective plan that will bring integrity and success to an organization wanting to unravel the dilemma of workplace bullying.
Scott Barash, MSW, LCSW
Director of Employee Assistance Services for Ventura County, California