Opinion: Workplace Bullying
An emphasis on the Not For Profit Sector
It was after a couple of conversations in the last months with people with whom I was able share experiences about bullying in various workplaces, that I have decided to make research in this area one of my ongoing topics.
As I have spent most of my working life in the Not For Profit sector I am including this sector as part of the main focus of this research.
This line of research and subsequent comments will be a ‘work in progress’.
Another shock for me, being a non sports person, was some of the conversations nationally around the sledging that apparently is part of the everyday practice within international cricket. So much for the sport of gentlemen. It was reported that an English player succumbed to the pressure of all the on field verbal abuse and had to return home. Much of the discussion was about just how much of this sledging, let’s call it bullying, should be allowed for.
Simple answer I thought. Nil. Zero. Absolutely None.
But no, on went the debates. And so this elite sport, with so many younger followers is setting a standard for behaviour when things get tough or go not according to your reality. I think not. Let’s ban this sport if any level of bullying is to still spoken of as being acceptable to those who run the show. 🙁
Here’s a view from sports writers. Click here. I would alter their last paragraph to read:
It is not acceptable to excuse this behaviour. Instead, it is time to accept that maltreatment would not be condoned in any other area of society, and therefore has no place on the sports field or any workplace or place where people interact.
More on this to follow.
a few links of interest
28 November 2013: National bullying definition is a welcome start – now let’s act
8 October 2013: New Workplace Bullying Laws and How They Affect NFPs