Professional torment and the problem of university “mobbing”

September 20, 2016

“Unlike bullying, an individual form of harassment in which a typical scenario consists of a boss victimizing an assistant, mobbing is a serious organizational deficiency,” writes Eve Seguin for University Affairs. The Université du Québec à Montréal professor examines the problem of mobbing, or the strategic effort to ostracize and bully a colleague into resignation or retirement, as one that is potentially widespread in Canadian PSE. Seguin adds that while such collective bullying happens in all workplaces, the “consequences for targets are more damaging in universities than in other work environments.” The author concludes that professors and faculties must do more to recognize when a colleague is being strategically ostracized by a group and to make better efforts to fight against it. University Affairs