Case Studies of Organizations and Organizational Communication in the Media
This unfolding saga is forcing the National Football League to uncomfortably turn its gaze toward locker room culture and start defining the gray areas between good-natured pranks and hurtful bullying.
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Renee Cowan (The University of Texas at San Antonio) suggests some key “Takeaways” on the story:
With this recent case, issues of workplace emotional abuse have gotten more airplay in the U.S. media. Bullying behavior (i.e. insulting someone, verbal abuse, aggressive nonverbal communication, social isolation, etc.) is not new to workplaces, and has most likely been around since we first began organizing. What is new is our full-throated rejection of this kind of behavior and sensitivity to the severe repercussions for targeted employees, groups, and organizations. The situation brought to light in the Miami Dolphins points to several important “Takeaways” for organizations, HR, and bullied employees.
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