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Look Before You Leap or Dive Right In? The Use of Moral Courage in Response to Workplace Bullying

Susan Harrington and Charlotte Rayner

in Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology and Work

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780195335446
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195335446.013.0021

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Look Before You Leap or Dive Right In? The Use of Moral Courage in Response to Workplace Bullying

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Research has shown that despite the prevalence and high visibility of workplace bullying, and widespread organizational policy to counter it, the response to workplace bullying from HR professionals can frequently be inconsistent with bullying policy. Evidence from the ethical decision-making literature suggests that HR practitioners frequently feel under pressure when responding to dilemmas at work, often choosing to behave in a manner they consider to be less than ideal because of a sense of powerlessness, organizational pressures, and a fear for their own career. We suggest that recent developments in positive psychology on moral courage and strengths may help to explore HR professionals' response to bullying and why their response may be less than ideal.

Keywords: human resource management; workplace bullying; moral courage; ethical decision-making; employee abuse

Article.  9084 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Organizational Psychology ; Social Psychology

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