Saturday, February 19, 2011

What is MOBBING?

 I discovered the concept of Mobbing back in January of 2009 when I read Mobbing, Emotional Abuse in the American Workplace.   Shortly thereafter, on  February 6, 2009,  I had a traumatic experience with class 702 (real numbers).  It was the last time I ever stood before a class of students and in my mind it overshadows all my other classroom experiences.  Hopefully with time that will change.

All NYC teachers are being mobbed by Corporate America.  All teachers in America are being mobbed by Corporate America with the bottom-line motive of privatizing public education. 

One of the first people to write about bullying in the workplace was Dr. Heinz Leymann. He investigated what he was told were “difficult” people in the workplace and determined that many of these people were not “difficult” to begin with. What he found was a work structure and culture that created the circumstances that marked these people as difficult. Once identified as difficult, the company created further reasons for terminating them. This Leymann identified as "mobbing".  

Or Keep Reading:

“The mobbing syndrome is a malicious attempt to force a person out of the workplace through unjustified accusations, humiliation, general harassment, emotional abuse, and/or terror.

It is a “ganging up” by the leader(s)—organization, superior, co-worker, or subordinate—who rallies others into systematic and frequent mob-like behavior.

Because the organization ignores, condones or even instigates the behavior, it can be said that the victim, seemingly helpless against the powerful and many is indeed “mobbed”.

 Or Keep Reading:

"The mobbing syndrome contains ten distinctive factors that occur in various combinations, systematically, and frequently. The impact of these factors on the targeted person then becomes the major element of the mobbing syndrome.

1. Assaults on the dignity, integrity, credibility, and professional competence of employees.
2. Negative, humiliating, intimidating, abusive, malevolent, and controlling, communication.
3. Committed directly, or indirectly, in subtle or obvious ways.
4. Perpetrated by one or more staff members—“vulturing.”
5. Occurring in a continual, multiple, and systematic fashion, over some time.
6. Portraying the victimized person as being at fault.
7. Engineered to discredit, confuse, intimidate, isolate, and force the person into submission.
8. Committed with the intent to force the person out.
9. Representing the removal from the workplace as the victim’s choice.
10. Not recognized, misinterpreted, ignored, tolerated, encouraged, or even instigated by the management of the organization."

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Mobbing as a Process

PHASE 1 is characterized by a critical incident, a conflict. In itself, this is not yet mobbing. It can, however develop into mobbing behaviors.

PHASE 2 is characterized by aggressive acts and psychological assaults that set the mobbing dynamics into motion.

PHASE 3 then involves management that plays a part in the negative cycle by misjudging the situation if they have not already been participating in PHASE 2. Instead of extending support, they begin the isolation and expulsion process.

PHASE 4 is critical, as victims are now branded as difficult or mentally ill. This misjudgment by management and health professionals reinforces the negative cycle. It almost always will lead to expulsion or forced resignation.

PHASE 5 is the expulsion. The trauma of this event can, additionally, trigger post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). After the expulsion, the emotional distress and the ensuing psychosomatic illnesses continue and often intensify.



1 comment:

Anonymous said...


Wow! Your post is excellent and I plan on tweeting it to share it with others. I’m a public school teacher in Florida and blogger on educational issues, and I have recently joined Save Our Schools and National Call to Action. I know that you blog against the current corporate takeover of our public schools, and we are currently asking the “real” ed reform bloggers to join with us so that we can all speak with ONE VOICE all across the country during the month of March.

Our theme is “Waking the Sleeping Giant” which was inspired by the events in Wisconsin and other places around the country. The public is finally beginning to wake up to what’s been happening for the last few years – we’re seeing evidence of this not only in Wisconsin but in places such as Seattle and Rochester.

We are asking you to keep your readers informed by mentioning our July 30 march in D.C. and by providing a link to our website in one or more of your posts during the month of March.

If you would like to write a guest post for our website, send your post or your comments to Or if you would like to endorse our march, let us know and we will list your blog and url on our website.

Posts can also be tweeted with the hashtag #WakingGiant. We offer the march and events of July 28 to 31st in Washington, D.C. as the focal point for this movement, and we ask participants to link to this event, so that we can build momentum for our efforts.

Thank you for your help,

Kelli Reyes
@TeacherReality on Twitter