Dear Queen's Supporter,
We hear the word “bullying” and many of us automatically add the word “schoolyard” in our minds.
But that’s not the only place you may encounter bullying. Sometimes the workplace can be as rife with this sort of behaviour as any playground.
Bullying in the workplace can take the form of direct, menacing confrontation, but it can also be far more insidious. For example, if a boss calls an employee incompetent, without offering any constructive criticism, that may be bullying – using a position of power to make someone feel inferior.
In many Canadian provinces, there are laws in place to protect against workplace bullying. And many companies have created their own organizational rules, highlighting behaviours that will not be tolerated.
Professor Jana Raver believes there are other ways to deal with this problem. Rather than the regulatory approach, or the threat of punishment, Professor Raver’s solution is to help managers identify their own personality types and management styles to create a more positive working environment.
Professor Raver’s research is a great example of the solid work we do here at Queen’s School of Business – intellectually rigorous, but also very topical and practical.
In the year that I have been Associate Dean, I’ve been struck by the quality of research that is done in the School of Business. Professor Raver’s research complements other exciting work that is being done within the School, where such scholars as Julian Barling, Christopher Miners and Susan Brodt, to name but a few, are advancing knowledge on subjects such as positive teambuilding, issues of gender, and effective leadership.
Sharing such practical information with the broader business community is very important to us. Starting on March 1st, 2013, the School of Business will be launching a website called QSB Insight. This site will highlight research done by our faculty, designed for a more general business audience. It will contain useful, practical information of relevance to everyday life in the business community.
Queen’s School of Business is a leader in business education, thanks in great part to cutting-edge research like that undertaken by Professor Raver and others. We are proud to have leaders in the industry on our team, and we are proud to prepare the leaders of tomorrow. Our faculty lead by example and our students are ready to make their own contributions. Our job is to provide the opportunities.
We can’t do it without you. Please invest in our researchers and our students by joining me in supporting the Queen’s School of Business Dean’s Innovation Fund, where every gift creates opportunity.
Associate Dean of Research
Queen’s School of Business