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Workplace Violence Underwood 1

Lezli Underwood
May 26, 2013
Sarah Caro

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Violence in our society appears to be on the increase. This is particularly apparent in areas where psychology graduates often encounter their first contact with client groups. Many incidents can be avoided through skilled management, and sometimes violence has resulted from a member of staff forgetting to be aware or act skilfully. (White, 2005)

Bullying that can lead to workplace violence may include:
* Spreading malicious rumors, gossip, or innuendo that is not true * Excluding or isolating someone socially
* Intimidating a person
* Undermining or deliberately impeding a person’s work
* Physically abusing or threatening abuse
* Removing areas of responsibilities without cause
* Constantly changing work guidelines
* Establishing impossible deadlines that will set up the individual to fail * Withholding necessary information or purposefully giving the wrong information * Making jokes that are ‘obviously offensive’ by spoken word or e-mail * Intruding on a person’s privacy by pestering, spying or stalking * Assigning unreasonable duties or workload which are unfavorable to one person (in a way that creates unnecessary pressure) * Under work – creating a feeling of uselessness

* Yelling or using profanity
* Criticizing a person persistently or constantly
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* Belittling a person’s opinions
* Unwarranted (or undeserved) punishment
* Blocking applications for training, leave or promotion
* Tampering with a person’s personal belongings or work equipment. (Oppermann, 2008)

It is sometimes hard to know if bullying is happening at the workplace. Many studies acknowledge that there is a “fine line” between strong management and bullying. Comments that are objective and are intended to provide constructive...