By Rama Gaind
PS News Books
Preventing Workplace Bullying: An evidence-based guide for managers and employees
By Carlo Caponecchia and Anne Wyatt (Allen & Unwin, $35.00, softcover, 158 pages)
Workplace bullying is a daunting situation for anyone to be in. Such circumstances can prove damaging to both staff and the organisation in which they work.
This practical guide explains how bullying can be identified and the best way to deal with it effectively. Better yet, details are given of how to prevent it.
The evidence-based research by Dr Carlo Caponecchia and Dr Anne Wyatt brings one point to light - that bullying in the workplace is more common and costly than you realise. It can make the life of an employee unbearable and can undermine the bottom line of an organisation.
These expert advisors apply best practice to prevention and management and discuss the various factors that influence workplace bullying, outline what constitutes bullying at work, demystify some of the controversial issues and explore the resources and options for those who experience bullying.
This is a valuable resource for all administrations and for employees, with management responsibilities and legal implications are outlined in different countries.
Looking from a number of angles, Workplace Bullying does not attempt to simplify the complex issues often involved. Instead, careful language is used, avoiding the terms ‘bully’ and ‘victim’ in favour of ‘a person who uses bullying behaviours’ and’ targets of bullying behaviours’.
This might appear to be a pedantic distinction, but the authors point out carefully that under specific circumstances anyone can engage in bullying behaviours. It is, therefore, not necessary to be a ‘bully’.
While it may not be fair to negate assertions of conflict of interest problems with Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs), it is reasonable to say professionals and practitioners will benefit from the useful context regarding bullying definitions, legal considerations and links to other policies such as Equal Employment Opportunity and Discrimination Harassment policies.
Workplace Bullying is well-researched and is effectively written.
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