Workplace mobbing is a 'virus' or a 'cancer' that spreads through malicious gossip, rumour, hearsay,and unfounded accusations. It is done with deliberate intent to have those targeted 'eliminated' or 'forced out' of their employment. Accusations of unsubstantiated 'bullying' can even be made against the target as the perpetrators realise the benefits of claiming 'victim' status.
Those targeted are often:
- Change agents
- High achievers (sometimes with public recognition)
- Enthusiastic (eg those who volunteer)
- Known for their commitment to human rights
Are You Being Mobbed at Work - Cosmopolitan Magazine, April 2013.
Dr Linda Shallcross: Workplace mobbing: Response and prevention in the public sector.