Regardless of the progress made through legislation over the years, discrimination and bigotry still exist. Subtle tactics are utilized to exclude perceived undesirables from groups and organizations of all kinds. Mobbing also can be used by some to mask discrimination directed at individuals associated with those groups protected by law. Utilizing tactics such as isolation, intimidation, questioning someone’s work or credentials to discredit, withholding information someone needs to do the job and similar activities, Mobbing is engineered to make the target appear to be at fault.
Being subjected to Mobbing does not excuse someone of reprehensible conduct. It can, however, explain some of the dynamics that can lead up to acts of workplace violence. Some common characteristics of the perpetrators of mass killings are isolation, paranoia, feelings of persecution, preoccupation with survival. People who are being mobbed are often isolated first by others and then engage in self-isolation due to fear and uncertainty. They can develop feelings of paranoia and not know who can be trusted. Personality changes may occur. They often suffer from acute anxiety and/or post traumatic stress disorder just as those who have witnessed disasters, have been mugged, raped, or gone through war may experience. Knowledge of the Mobbing process, its impact on the individual and consequ! ences to others help with prevention. Laws , regulations, policies, and procedures may limit behavior but they do little to change attitudes. Schools may state that they have an anti-bullying policy while mobbing and bullying remain rampant. Organizations have codes of conduct and both discrimination and harassment policies in place while side stepping enforcement intentionally or unintentionally. That is why dignity and respect principles being included in stated expectations of conduct, while being important, are not enough to stop Mobbing or other forms of harassment and discriminatory activity. These concepts must be learned through deepened insight and then demonstrated by acting with expanded awareness.
Each of us is a precious, one-of-a-kind human being separate from our behavior or what we may represent to others. Understanding this is the doorway to treating each other with dignity and respect. How we treat othe! rs says more about who we are than who they are. We can’t just say we believe in dignity and respect. We must act as if we do.
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——————————————————————————-©2012 Gail Pursell Elliott All rights reserved. Gail Pursell Elliott, “The Dignity and Respect Lady”, has over 20 years experience in middle and upper management, founded Innovations Training in 1998, and is author of several books including School Mobbing and Emotional Abuse and co-author of the book Mobbing: Emotional Abuse in the American Workplace. Her weekly Food for Thought is read by people around the world. Gail trains employees for corporations, associations and universities, designs sessions upon request to address specific needs and timely issues, and is a featured speaker at conferences as well as! a media expert on workplace and school violence. Gail has been a guest on such programs as MSNBC’s Deborah Norville Tonight, ABC World News NOW television programs and the Workplace Violence Today program on talk radio.
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