Reviewing the Silent Enemy of Faculty Mobbing

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Abstract


Workplace happiness depends on collegiality and interpersonal relationship between and among employees. In an academic environment, the thought that mobbing or bullying exists within a higher institution of learning is unheard of. However, the issue exists as provided by literature. Bullying is much like harassing, offending, socially ostracizing another colleague that negatively affects the colleagues' work ambiance. One person in a prominent position usually does the bullying as evidenced by literature. Mobbing, on the other hand, is more common in universities. Mobbing is a form of social elimination after singling out one academician who is perceived to be problematic. Mobbing differs from bullying because other academicians are ganging up against the targeted individual. The ultimate intention is to drive the victim out of the school or university. Mobbing is also found to be on a larger scale because of the number of individuals roped into the situation. Faculty mobbing becomes prolonged as more academicians join in, thus making it difficult to resolve. Again, as shown in literature, there are higher incidences of mobbing happening in academia than in any other work setting. Nonetheless, occurrences of faculty mobbing have been brought to light through whistleblowing and complaints from fellow academics; the silent enemy is becoming more glaring. Therefore, the objectives of this review article are to highlight the prevalence of faculty mobbing through literature search and analyses. As previously noted, faculty mobbing is a silent enemy that prevails in an academic setting, and there is a need to ameliorate the situation to preserve the auspices of academia. From various readings, the issue of bullying and mobbing between faculty members in higher education began in the 1990s. The issue has sparked other spectra of research by looking into this phenomenon. From the literature surveyed, colleagues were identified as bullies from their faculty members, regardless of junior or senior status. The average time that bullying or mobbing has occurred is found to be more than five years. The findings from the review paper are significant in containing the incidences of mobbing. Faculty mobbing is a threat to the university's image. Therefore, it is recommended that the university executive management should be more concerned with the prevalence of faculty mobbing as the silent enemy that will affect workplace happiness



DOI: https://doi.org/10.21834/e-bpj.v4i12.1770

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