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Ganging up on workplace bullying

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Imagine being bullied at work, not by one person but by numerous, and not occasionally but almost every day. Maybe you don’t need to imagine it that much if you’re either the victim of such behaviour or the perpetrator of it. It’s behaviour formally known as mobbing – and for good reason.

Because just like any typical mob of the mafia variety, it involves a group of people with collective superiority exercising it over those they perceive as inferior.

'Mobbing' at work can be relentless.

Take, as an example, this quote from what would have to be the greatest mob movie ever made – one based on a true story. The lead character, played by Ray Liotta, puts it like this:

“For us to live any other way was nuts. To us, those goody-good people who worked sh**ty jobs for bum paychecks and took the subway to work every day and worried about their bills were dead. I mean, they were suckers ... If we wanted something, we just took it. If anyone complained........

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