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Bystanders not innocent in bullying at: http://www.campusreview.com.
By Campus Review
3rd September, 2012
1. CIT bullying policies failed: WorkSafe
We are all part of the bullying problem in a workplace environment, new
research shows. A study by Murdoch and Edith Cowan universities sheds light
on the roles bystanders play in workplace bullying.
To better understand how co-workers can impact conflict, Dr Megan Paull of
Murdoch school of business and her team created 13 “types” – ranging from
the aggressive instigating bystander to the submitting bystander, who ends
up becoming a substitute for the victim.
Middle spectrum types include the manipulating bystander, abdicating
bystander, defending bystander and sympathising bystander.
Paull said bystanders are not incidental, but are an integral part of the
context of bullying, with some siding with the bully or victim, either
actively or passively. “People don’t always appreciate the impact of their
actions, or inactions. For example, a social reaction to walking into a room
where colleagues are laughing is to laugh along without thinking. But you
could be adding fuel to someone’s embarrassment,” she said.
Establishing context was important, but the issue was complex, Paull said,
noting competition and rivalry were natural in work relationships. She also
cautioned that what might appear as bullying to an outsider could be fine
with the target of the act. “It’s not cut and dried, but we are trying to
raise awareness and make organisations and individuals aware of the
responsibilities they have to respect and appreciate the subtleties of human
relationships and psychological well-being,” Paull said.
“Awareness can lead managers and staff to develop effective strategies for
diffusing potential situations. Studies have shown that people who recognise
their roles, and have the tools to act, can make a difference.”