Sunday, January 11, 2009

Ten Key Factors of Mobbing

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.

The combination of these ten major factors impacts gravely the emotional and physical well-being of the targeted individual and CAN RESULT IN DEATH BY ILLNESS, ACCIDENT, OR SUICIDE.

Quoted from MOBBING: Emotional Abuse in the American Workplace p.41 and 42


Anonymous said...

Mobbing is an accurate description of what is going on.

For a different take on the process see

“The New Underhanded & Sleazy DOE Policy To Get Teachers To Resign On The Spot“

While your research is probably correct in asserting that
“The combination of these ten major factors impacts gravely the emotional and physical well-being of the targeted individual and CAN RESULT IN DEATH BY ILLNESS, ACCIDENT, OR SUICIDE“; it then becomes necessary to evaluate the real reasons why one would stay for long in such a toxic environment, especially when the outlook for change is very bleak. Is it solely economic? Even if Chaz’ assessment is essentially correct and one can weather an all out assault, how much can and should a person tolerate? When does one just walk away from the scorpions’ nests?

Personally I have been in Phase 3 a little over a year now. Bad economy or not, I don’t plan to stick around much longer.

FidgetyTeach said...

I think one walks away from such a toxic environment when perhaps, they win the lottery?? I too am experiencing toxicity at the hands of the DOE and would give anything to be able to just walk away. Of course it is economic.

Anonymous said...

Glad to see you back!

Have you spoken to Betsy Combier about the manner in which you're being treated?

She's the editor of and is reachable at

Here's a video of Betsy speaking at a meeting of the Panel for Educational Policy:

Anonymous said...

Here's a good site:

Moriah Untamed said...

Anon Jan 11,

Thanks for the link to Chaz's website. It contains valuable information .

In the books that I have read about Scapegoating and Mobbing, they mostly talk about the corprate world. They say that Phase 3 usually lasts a few months. I have been in Phase 3 for four years. Many teachers have been going through this process for at least that long.

Part of the reason that we hang on is that tenure guarantees us the right to prolong our misery. But I think it is really because our profession is not just a job to us. It's a chance to do something that "makes a difference". It is natural to want to fight for our professional and personal reputation.

Walking away doesn't necessarily solve all your problems, either. Those ugly letters and charges still remain on file somewhere. Post Traumatic Stress can raise its ugly head months or even years later.

Moriah Untamed said...

Anon Jan 13,

Thanks for the link to Betsy Combier. I will contact her.

Good luck. You're right, it's not a good time to be without a job.

Anonymous said...

My fellow teachers, suck it up and stick it out unless you are independently wealthy.

Being able to absorb heavy punches is a trademark of any great boxer.

This is a game that is getting too expensive to play even for Bloomberg and his minions, some relief such as buyout or other distractions will be on the way very soon.