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ERIC Number: EJ915591
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-1360-3108
Balancing the Right to Manage with Dignity at Work
McMullen, John
Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, v15 n1 p3-6 Jan 2011
It is well known that bullying and work-related stress are real issues. "Bullying Survey 2005" revealed a number of insights into bullying at work. Much of this is down to lack of managerial skills. Individuals who have previously not been recruited or trained as managers have become managers but without the necessary skills set to carry out their managerial functions within acceptable human resource management standards. This accusation may find some resonance in the HE sector where line management may be a role superimposed on a preceding, purely academic, career. It is right to draw attention to extreme situations, which arise from bullying, harassment and work place stress and a failure to uncover conduct which is not just hard management but crosses the line in some way. Conversely, if a manager is himself or herself justly accused of bullying and harassment he or she may suffer distress and question marks may arise about future management roles. The author contends that it is therefore imperative for the institution to take a firm hold on workplace relationships, to carry out, as suggested in this article, meaningful risk assessments and to have a management/worker endorsed bullying and harassment policy combined with training of line managers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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