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Mobbing motivation and peace at the workplace: Teachers expect a lot? Mobbing victims on teachers

Author(s): Erkan Yaman | Özge Vidinlioğlu | Nihan Çitemel

Journal: International Journal of Human Sciences
ISSN 1303-5134

Volume: 7;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 1136;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: School | teacher | mobbing | workplace peace | motivation

This research studies the effects of psycho-violence (mobbing) that teachers are exposed to on workplace peace and on their levels of motivation. Teachers who had been exposed to mobbing were determined in the research, and fourteen of them were interviewed. The research is based on the qualitative design. Phenomenon design, one of the qualitative research designs, was adopted as appropriate to the nature of the research. A structurally standardised open-ended questionnaire was used in the research. Of content analysis types, categorical analyses as well as frequency analysis were employed in data analysis. According to research findings, peace in the workplace means healthy environment for communication, dialogue, team spirit, respect, valuing, being appreciated, and establishing a comfortable, safe and fruitful school atmosphere. Teachers may be exposed to mobbing originating from the administrators, colleagues, parents, students and caretakers. Victim teachers stated that they encountered discrimination, hindrance of communication, humiliation, and sexual harassment rarely. Moreover, they said that being mobbed stemmed from not ignoring happenings around them, lack of experience, tolerance, humour, failing to give quick response, giving the impression that he may be oppressed, and being humble. In addition, mobbing results in motivation problems, unwillingness to go to work, uneasiness, depression and reflecting to students. In the light of research findings, recommendations such as providing victims with support, containing methods of effectively handling, considering the personal traits in appointing the administrators and illuminating mobbing in law literature have been made.
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