Gender and the Dysfunctional Workplace

Gender and the Dysfunctional Workplace

New Horizons in Management series

Edited by Suzy Fox and Terri R. Lituchy

Dysfunction in the workplace, like a bully culture, affects women and men differently. This book represents a broad spectrum of disciplines including law, management, communications, human resource management and industrial/organizational psychology and offers integrative, cross-disciplinary inquiries into the many roles gender plays in organizational dysfunction. The authors provoke new questions and new streams of research, with the ultimate goal of contributing to healthier workplaces for men and women alike.

Introduction

Suzy Fox and Terri R. Lituchy

Subjects: business and management, diversity and management, gender and management, human resource management, organisational behaviour

Extract

Suzy Fox and Terri R. Lituchy There are many ways in which the workplace can be dysfunctional; and many ways in which workplace dysfunction can affect the well-being of organization members. In this book, we look at two broad aspects of the dysfunctional organization: counterproductive work behavior (CWB) in its many forms, and the effects of job stress and dysfunction on organization members’ mental health and well-being. Gender can play many roles in the dynamics of workplace dysfunction. Gender has been studied extensively in the workplace literature. It has been examined in relation to success, promotion, salary, job satisfaction, and occupational mental health (Schein et al. 1996; Baba et al., 1999a, 1999b; Lituchy et al., 2006; Punnett et al., 2007, 2008). Women communicate differently than men (Lituchy and Wiswall, 1991). This has been seen as affecting workplace issues such as organizational effectiveness. Women have different views of success than men (Punnett et al., 2007, 2008) and different issues of work–life balance (Lirio et al., 2007), as well as causes for absenteeism. The authors in this book have focused on the intersection of gender with several specific types of CWB, such as aggression, bullying, incivility, sexual harassment, sexual orientation harassment, as well as gendered effects of absenteeism and stressful work environments. In addition we examine national culture on occupational mental health. The first three chapters of this book hone in on relationships between gender and specific aspects of aggression in work organizations. Chapters 4–7 look at bullying and incivility....