Introduction to the concept of mobbing

Introduction to the concept of mobbing

"Through their national work environmental acts Sweden, Finland and Norway support the rights of workers to remain both physically and mentally healthy at work. Yet, in recent years, a workplace-related psychosocial problem has been discovered, the existence and extent of which was not known earlier.

This phenomenon has been referred to as "mobbing", "ganging up on someone", "bullying" or "psychological terror". In this type of conflict, the victim is subjected to a systematic, stigmatizing process and encroachment of his or her civil rights. If it lasts a number of years, it may ultimately lead to ejection from the labor market when the individual in question is unable to find employment due to mental injury sustained at the former work place.

I introduced this phenomenon in 1984. It certainly is a very old one, well known in every culture from the very beginning of these cultures. Nevertheless, it has not been systematically described until the research started in 1982 which led to a small scientific report written in the fall of 1983 and published in early 1984 at The National Board of Occupational Safety and Health in Stockholm, Sweden

(Leymann & Gustavsson, 1984)"

terça-feira, 6 de novembro de 2012

Para uma sebe mais alta

"(...) Somos demasiado complacentes com determinados comportamentos pouco empenhados e criámos, nas últimas décadas, uma cultura mais favorável ao "nivelamento" do que à promoção do mérito.


Costumo dizer que nesta cultura impera a síndrome do jardineiro, que, preocupado em manter a sebe alinhada, está sempre empenhado em cortar qualquer ramo que sobressaia.

Em Portugal gostamos muito de nos sentir aconchegados, mesmo que o aconchego nos preserve na mediania.

Pelo facto de não deixarmos que os ramos cresçam mais alto, a sebe fica sempre rasteira: homogénea, mas rasteira. (...)"

In Revista Frontline
Por Constança Vaz Pinto