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MobbingCauses, Consequences, and Solutions$
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Maureen Duffy and Len Sperry

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780195380019

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195380019.001.0001

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Career and Work Performance

Career and Work Performance

(p.174) 10 Career and Work Performance

Maureen Duffy

Len Sperry

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the impact of workplace mobbing on job performance. How mobbing can result in voluntary or involuntary loss of employment with associated losses of health and retirement benefits is examined, along with the compelling research about job disengagement in the wake of workplace mobbing and the impact of mobbing on victims’ beliefs in a just world. The vulnerability of mobbing victims to loss of a primary source of their identity in the world—that of occupation and career, associated financial losses, and real threats to reemployability is also discussed. It is argued that the notion that people who are mobbed or who otherwise suffer workplace abuse can solve it by changing jobs is a misleading one and that mobbing creates employment double-binds for its victims that do not necessarily end by leaving or changing jobs, as necessary as that may be at times.

Keywords:   workplace mobbing, job performance, job disengagement, health benefits, retirement benefits, vulnerability, loss of identity, financial losses, reemployability, changing jobs

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