Methodological, ethical and legal problems of measuring and counteracting workplace mobbing

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The paper looks at theoretical and methodological problems, as well as legal and ethical issues, connected with diagnosing and counteracting workplace mobbing. Firstly, the author briefly presents the mobbing research tradition and points to current international approaches to and methods of measuring mobbing in the workplace. The author comments on the possibilities and limitations of the implementation of some methods, which are commonly employed in mobbing research and shares some doubts about the universality and international usage of the “mobbing/bullying tools”, which were developed under specific socio-organizational circumstances. Then, the paper discusses the legalities and practicalities of preventing and fighting mobbing in the context of Polish and European legislation. The author points to a wide spectrum of ethical and legal aspects of counteracting and dealing with mobbing. In conclusion, the author recommends that corporations and businesses should take all possible preventive steps to minimise the risk of mobbing, given that, apart from adversely affecting employees’ health, career, work engagement and job satisfaction, it substantially damages their reputation.

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mobbing/bullying, measurement, anti-mobbing law, prevention

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Durniat, K. D., (2021) “Methodological, ethical and legal problems of measuring and counteracting workplace mobbing”, EWOP in Practice 15(1), 36–53. doi: https://doi.org/10.21825/ewopinpractice.87140

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Katarzyna D. Durniat (University of Wrocław)

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