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Bullying- From Backyard to Boardroom (2001)
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Bullying- From Backyard to Boardroom (2001)

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Bullying doesn't stop at school. Adult life creates its own pressures, particularly in the workplace. Some people habitually, some occasionally, use inappropriate means to achieve their ends. Always there are victims-at work, in clubs, in families-and their numbers seem to be increasing. Research shows bullying to be astonishingly widespread and with high human and financial costs. For example, research indicates that between 25% and 50% of workers are likely to experience workplace bullying at some point during their career, and that 40% of those frequently bullied have been driven to contemplate suicide. Bullying: From Backyard to Boardroom describes and explains the modern phenomenon of bullying, providing valuable insight into the scale of the problem and the many ways and settings in which bullying occurs in Australia. It shows that bullying is always the personal behaviour choice of the bully, but an organisation's choice of structure and culture also impacts upon the incidence of bullying. The book shows how bullies thrive in some organisations and wilt in others. It contains moves and means to counter bullying, including policies, management strategies and legal remedies. Bullying: From Backyard to Boardroom is written in a clear and concise style. It is a practical book based on current research and the best theoretical frameworks. It is a useful resource for professionals who need to address bullying, for those experiencing bullying, and for those providing support to someone being bullied. CONTENTS The Bullying Challenge Paul McCarthy and Jane Rylance Bullying in Schools and in the Workplace Ken Rigby European Research on Bullying at Work Dieter Zapf Bullying/Abuse in Helping Professions Jane Rylance Systems Bullying (The Police) Michael Kennedy Cultures of Secrecy, Abuse and Bullying Cara Beed Bullying Using Organisational Procedures Greg McMahon The Reluctant Executioners Vaughan Bowie Epiphany: A Method of Analysis for Workplace Violence Fiona Underwood The Bullying Syndrome Paul McCarthy Health and Safety Guidelines to Address Bullying at Work Cath Rafferty Bullying Of Victims By Present Injustices In The System Peter Gorman Eliminating Professional Abuse by Managers Michael Sheehan Bullying the Elderly Trish Bulbeck Bibliography/ Index REVIEWS [A]n important book which addresses a contemporary issue in many Australian workplaces. Containing implications for individuals, groups, organisations and governments, many readers will find the book of considerable interest. Grant Michelson, in The Journal of Industrial Relations, December 2001, and Worksite, Spring 2001 Reading this book has added to the knowledge I hold about workplace bullying and will inform my work as a practitioner. Reading the book at times got me overwhelmed by the extent of bullying, and at other times hopeful at the options available to move away from a culture where bullying is present. ... ... [T]here are many ideas in this book, which provoke and challenge. If you are in the position of influencing the culture of your (or any) organisation then please remember the voices of those who brought this problem of workplace bullying to our attention. Industrial Relations Society of SA newsletter, Vol 4 No 3, 2001 ... this is a valuable educational resource [which] should remain a useful tool in the fight against workplace bullying. Law Society Journal (NSW), March 2003 [A]n informative, thoughtful and concise publication ... an invaluable insight into the nature, incidence and negative ramifications of bullying behaviour in an Australian context. ... The discrete examples of bullying ... illustrate the extensive and complex nature of the problem, particularly in relation to the workplace. The number of people affected by bullying is astonishing. ... Various chapters are devoted to a general discussion of bullying and its ramifications in organisations generally. Others concentrate on specific sectors of the working community, for example in policing, the helping professions and in relation to the elderly. ... [B]ullying is not solely attributable to the behaviour of "the bully". Flaws within organisational structure and systems may also be responsible for creating, reinforcing and maintaining bullying behaviour, thus enabling the bullying to thrive in the workplace. Organisational changes such as downsizing are identified as creating the breeding ground for bullying behaviour. Individual susceptibility to becoming a victim is also discussed. This research is imperative... Bullying - from Backyard to Boardroom highlights the seriousness of bullying by spelling out the vast range of negative ramifications that are derived from bullying behaviour. ... A UK study identified that one in four victims of bullying will actually leave their job ... Low worker morale, absenteeism, replacement of staff, retraining and a declining public image are among some of the negative outcomes that create financial losses. ... The book would be a valuable resource for any organisation. Not only as a tool for heightening awareness of bullying, but as a guide for implementing policies to help prevent the problem and to effectively deal with any complaints that arise.
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