Revisiting the Psycho-social War on e-Bullying at Work: A Medico-Legal Trajectory
Stress in the e-world of work is now deemed to have reached epidemic proportions, due to economic pressures which result in rising office agitations, compounded by the modern scourge of e-bullying. Employers have a vested interest in controlling the occupational battlefield, and the current man-made litigaton jungle, especially when one considers the number of workdays being lost as a result of e-bullying, and the consequential cost on organisations and the state. Within the interdisciplinary context of behavioural neuroscience, transcultural sociodrama, and the social capital of organisations, this 60-minute workshop will examine: some of the underlying biomedical causes of negative stress in the e-world of work; the set of psycho-social-spiritual conditions involved that can lead from corporate social capital to liabilities; the British judiciary, and ultimately the E.U. Court of Human Rights approach, considering the leading recent cases and the guidance which they have set out for stress claims made by plaintiffs (i.e. victims of e-bullying) to succeed. In the presentation I hypothesise that people should further explore how the negative stress causes by cyber bullying in both real-time employment and the e-world of work environments, can be alleviated through communal forms of interaction instead of via individualised therapies. I also aver that individualised techniques of ‘stress isolation’ and emotional self-management may achieve some benefit, but are unlikely to engender substantial change. This is because within the social capital and industrial medicine framework, individualised therapies are akin to a ‘self-indulged’ rather than ‘self-efficient’ use of interdependent resources, as is apparent in community healing and learning processes, which contain emotional ergonomic elements leading to exceptional productivity for the corporate enterprise, along with ‘shamanistic quality’ and an enlivening effect on individual participants.
Keywords: E-bullying, Indignity at Work, Behavioural Neuroscience, Transcultural Sociodrama
Terrence Wendell Brathwaite
Senior Lecturer, Department of Human Resource Management