Bullying and harassment: a case of success?

Bullying and harassment: a case of success? Purpose – This paper aims to examine an attempt by an organisation to address the significant problem of bullying and harassment. In doing so the paper particularly centres on the question of how the relative success of bullying and harassment policies might be measured. Design/methodology/approach – The paper is based on a quantitative longitudinal study of a single organisation. Findings – The findings revealed that there was a significant reduction in perceptions of bullying in the organisation. The level of trust in senior management, however, was not enhanced as a result of the success. Research limitations/implications – The study emphasises the need for further research on measuring the outcomes of bullying and harassment policies and also work is required to further the understanding of trust between senior management and their workforce. Practical implications – The paper highlights the importance, and difficulties, in assessing the success of policies such as bullying and harassment. In many respects this paper contains a mixed message for senior managers. Employees may acknowledge the impact of management actions on reducing the level of bullying and harassment but was not associated with a noticeable improvement of trust in senior management. Originality/value – There is a plethora of literature on understanding the complexities and effects of workplace bullying. The literature, however, is relatively silent on the issue of measuring success of a policy and this paper seeks to contribute discussion on the subject. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Employee Relations: An International Journal Emerald Publishing

Bullying and harassment: a case of success?

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2010 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0142-5455
DOI
10.1108/01425451011010113
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Abstract

Purpose – This paper aims to examine an attempt by an organisation to address the significant problem of bullying and harassment. In doing so the paper particularly centres on the question of how the relative success of bullying and harassment policies might be measured. Design/methodology/approach – The paper is based on a quantitative longitudinal study of a single organisation. Findings – The findings revealed that there was a significant reduction in perceptions of bullying in the organisation. The level of trust in senior management, however, was not enhanced as a result of the success. Research limitations/implications – The study emphasises the need for further research on measuring the outcomes of bullying and harassment policies and also work is required to further the understanding of trust between senior management and their workforce. Practical implications – The paper highlights the importance, and difficulties, in assessing the success of policies such as bullying and harassment. In many respects this paper contains a mixed message for senior managers. Employees may acknowledge the impact of management actions on reducing the level of bullying and harassment but was not associated with a noticeable improvement of trust in senior management. Originality/value – There is a plethora of literature on understanding the complexities and effects of workplace bullying. The literature, however, is relatively silent on the issue of measuring success of a policy and this paper seeks to contribute discussion on the subject.

Journal

Employee Relations: An International JournalEmerald Publishing

Published: Jan 1, 2010

Keywords: Workplace; Bullying; Personal health; Organizational behaviour; Human resource management

References

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    Djurkovic, N.; McCormack, D.; Casimir, G.
  • The nature and causes of bullying at work
    Einarsen, S.
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    Heames, J.; Harvey, M.
  • The incidence of workplace bullying
    Rayner, C.
  • Burned by bullying in the American workplace: prevalence, perception, degree and impact
    Sandvik, P.; Tracy, S.; Alberts, J.
  • Understanding and addressing bullying in the workplace
    Townend, A.

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