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Maureen Duffy Len Sperry

A Recovery Guide for Workplace Aggression and Bullying

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Overcoming Mobbing by Maureen Duffy and Len Sperry is a guide for dealing with workplace bullying. It provides practical advice and strategies for standing up to bullies, finding support, and creating a healthier work environment.

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    Mobbing is a form of organizational abuse, designed to remove victims from the workplace.

    Despite its implications, “mobbing” is a term seldom heard in corporate culture. It’s not a day-to-day term. It’s usually not mentioned in workplace training. And yet, a recent survey found that 35 percent of American workers have experienced workplace abuse at some point during their working lives.

    But how exactly is mobbing different from bullying?

    Well, both involve the abuse of an individual. However, whereas bullying involves the targeted abuse of one individual by another (usually the boss), mobbing is an often-covert form of abuse (usually perpetrated by a group) that the organization itself supports. The express purpose of the abuse is the removal of the victim from the workplace.

    Bullying works differently. Say you have an awful boss who constantly criticizes your work, hounding and undermining you until you begin to hate your job. In this case, you could go to HR, and disciplinary actions would be taken against your boss.

    Now contrast this with mobbing. Imagine that you speak out against a company policy, thereby unwittingly infuriating your boss. Unbeknownst to you, he goes to the department head and brands you a “trouble maker.”

    Together, they work to undermine you, and even recruit a coworker who dislikes you. They spread malicious gossip about you and tell people that your work is garbage. Gradually you become a total outsider; your days become intolerable. Because the head of the department is against you too, you have nowhere to turn, and so you leave the company.

    Although there isn’t a typical profile for victims of mobbing, it’s likely to be someone who speaks out or seems different.

    Whistleblowers, for instance, who draw attention to unethical or inefficient business practices are likely to be the ones who suffer from mobbing. People who are culturally different from the rest of the team, or who seem like outsiders, are also often singled out. This includes people like recent immigrants or people with non-normative sexual identities.

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    What is Overcoming Mobbing about?

    Overcoming Mobbing (2014) offers a practical guide to the problem of “mobbing” in the workplace. Based on clinical practice and research, it offers valuable insights into the conditions that allow for workplace mobbing, and gives tips on how victims of mobbing can best recover.

    Overcoming Mobbing Review

    Overcoming Mobbing (2003) by Maureen Duffy and Len Sperry provides valuable insights and strategies for dealing with workplace harassment. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • Offers a comprehensive understanding of mobbing, including its causes and consequences, enabling readers to effectively address this issue in their own lives.
    • Provides practical tools and techniques for coping with mobbing situations, empowering individuals to regain control and restore their self-esteem.
    • With its real-life case studies and expert advice, the book offers a compelling and relatable exploration of mobbing, making it a captivating read.

    Who should read Overcoming Mobbing?

    • Victims of mobbing and their families
    • Workplace managers and human-resources personnel
    • Anyone who wants to make their workplace less hostile

    About the Author

    Maureen Duffy is a therapist and expert in workplace mobbing and bullying, and an affiliate with Qualitative Research Graduate Program at Nova Southeastern University. She also co-wrote the book Mobbing: Causes, Consequences and Solutions.

    Len Sperry is Professor of Mental Health Counseling at Florida Atlantic University, and works as a consultant for various businesses on the prevention of mobbing in the workplace.

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    The authors of Overcoming Mobbing are Maureen Duffy and Len Sperry.

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