Why HR Professionals Should Work On Preventing Workplace Bullying

Written by Rossina Gitto, Founder @ The Humans of HR, September 2020

For those of you that don’t know, September 10th has been declared by the World Health Organization (2020) as the international day of suicide prevention.

At The Humans of HR, we want to raise awareness on people-centric issues that occur in workplaces. One of them is psychological harassment, which is formally known at work as mobbing. In general terms, it’s called bullying or cyber bullying (when it occurs online).

The American Psychological Association (2020) defines bullying as a form of aggressive behaviour in which an individual intentionally and repeatedly causes another individual discomfort or harm. This dynamic can be developed in any kind of organization, and no workplace has ever been an exception.

According to the WHO (2003), mobbing is an organizational dysfunction, and it’s related to things like discrimination – a topic that links back to problems with both Wellbeing in the Workplace and Diversity & Inclusion. Mobbing happens in every single workplace worldwide and unfortunately,

its most fatal consequence is a victim’s
decision to commit suicide
(American Psychological Association, 2019).

Awareness and preventive campaigns are key when it comes to taking care of people’s lives at work. The Humans of HR say no to psychological harassment and all other forms of violence in the workplace – and so should you.




Written by Rossina Gitto

About The Author
About The Author

Rossina Gitto is a Licensed Psychologist & holds a Masters Degree in International Human Resources Management from the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas. She is the Founder of The Humans of HR.

*The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official position of The Humans of HR.


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We believe everyone is entitled to have access to professional content that is backed up by relevant sources, as well as the work of the global scientific community, no matter where they come from. That is the reason why we started writing, and also why we will continue to do so. In order to keep growing and keep our content open to our global audience, we would like for you to consider supporting our work.

Your contribution is highly appreciated.

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We believe everyone is entitled to have access to professional content that is backed up by relevant sources, as well as the work of the global scientific community, no matter where they come from. That is the reason why we started writing, and also why we will continue to do so. In order to keep growing and keep our content open to our global audience, we would like for you to consider supporting our work.

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References


American Psychological Association . (2020). Bullying. Https://Www.Apa.Org. https://www.apa.org/topics/bullying

ASPA. (2019, September 24). Effects of bullying [Text]. StopBullying.Gov. https://www.stopbullying.gov/bullying/effects

World Health Organization. (2003). Raising awareness of psychological harassment at work (No. 4). World Health Organization. https://www.who.int/occupational_health/publications/en/pwh4e.pdf?ua=1

World Health Organization. (2020). World suicide prevention day. WHO. Retrieved September 8, 2020, from http://www.who.int/mental_health/prevention/suicide/wspd/en/

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