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Contact: Noa Davenport, Ph. D., at 515-385-2216

Gail Pursell Elliott at 515-388-9600

Ruth Distler Schwartz at 515-221-9909




New Book for Every Employee and Manager in America


Acclaimed as one of the best books on the international market on

Workplace abuse, Mobbing: Emotional Abuse in the American Workplace was mentioned

In the August 14 International Edition of NEWSWEEK. Written by three Iowa

authors the book deals with what is now a household word in Europe:

Mobbing. Jim Autry, author of Love and Profit, said about the book:

"Every business school should have it on the reading list and every HR

department should have it in the library."


Mobbing can be compared to bullying at the workplace. However, mobbing

denotes a "ganging up" by co-workers, subordinates or superiors, to

force someone out of the workplace through rumor, innuendo, intimidation,

discrediting, isolation, and particularly, humiliation. They

intentionally target -- and ultimately destroy -- innocent individuals who are trying

to do their work well and with dignity. Victims are attacked or undermined

often with approval by higher management.


Mobbing is a serious form of nonsexual, nonracial harassment. Mobbing

affects the mental and physical health of victims to a great extent and

is therefore considered to be a workplace injury. It extracts staggering

emotional and economic costs from victims, their families, their

organizations, and society.


The authors' intent is to stimulate public awareness in the United

States, to help detect mobbing in American workplaces, and to encourage

preventive, timely and appropriate action. Daniel Maguire, author of Ethics for a

Small Planet, writes "This book names 'mobbing,' a common and bloodless form

Of workplace mayhem, and proceeds with brilliance to show its roots and

possible cures." The book explains what mobbing is, why it occurs, how

it affects a target, and how organizations are impacted. Most importantly

it gives practical advice on what people can do as a victim, a family

member, a friend, or as a manager. It also encourages the legal community to

rethink the current law as it does not provide sufficient protection for

this type of serious and widespread workplace injury.


Mobbing: Emotional Abuse in the American Workplace by Noa Davenport,

Ph.D., Ruth Distler Schwartz and Gail Pursell Elliott is published by Civil

Society Publishing in Ames, Iowa, costs $14.95 and can be ordered

Directly from BookMasters, Tel. (800) 247-6553 or through any bookstore and by indicating the ISBN number 0-9671803-0-9. For more

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