Organizational leaders and administrators are frequently unaware that there organization is experiencing persistent workplace aggression.  Organizations are predisposed to dealing with personnel issues on an individual basis rather than looking at them collectively.  This tends to be the easiest path to take in organizations.  However, this road does not lead to resolution but continues to allow persistent workplace aggression to occur.  Thus, the organization suffers in all areas.

The first strategy for organizations is to take claims about persistent workplace aggression seriously.  Taking the issue seriously seems like it should be a logical and rational approach that an organization takes.  However, this is regularly not the case.  Organizations, more often than not, tend to dismiss assertions about workplace aggression and only address the peripheral behaviors.  These, unfortunately, are repeatedly aimed at the target rather than the aggressor(s).

Organizations have a responsibility to examine assertions about persistent workplace aggression and should not brush allegations under the carpet.  This tends to be a victim blaming approach which exacerbates the issue.  Organizations need to review documentation that is provided from an objective lens, leaving their likes and dislikes about their employees aside.  Organizations should identify patterns and themes that documentation provides.  This will help get a better understanding of what is happening and will offer organizations a starting point so they can eliminate persistent workplace aggression.  Acknowledgement that the organization may be experiencing persistent workplace aggression is the first step in stopping it from happening.   

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04/03/2015 2:31am

To be honest I don't thing about this problem before! I hope your idea will help us to understand the solution

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10/04/2016 6:07am

I'd like to understand what is happening with that... I have some problems with the agression at my work..

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Problems and differences are normal to organizations. But once it became a hindrance to the organization, as well as to the personal growth of an individual, that's the right time for the organization to make some actions. It's true than addressing an issue in a logical way is the best way to solve the problem. By that, the success will continue for the whole organization!

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