Workplace Bullying (WPB): a social innovative practice for Return To Work (RTW) policy

George Rafael, Manohar Pawar

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This article aims to discuss the current Return to Work (RTW) process and system that a victim of Workplace Bullying (WPB) experiences. It argues that the current RTW system causes more psychosocial deterioration and damage for the victim of WPB.
The article aims to identify innovative, pragmatic, and empirical ways to support a victim of WPB when returning to work. This qualitative research employs auto-ethnographic approach and single case study method, where the first author reflects on his practice experiences of working with WPB victims. It looks at the impact on three victims, who had differing experiences of WPB and RTW. In view of the psychosocial impact, it explores employing an innovative solution to help the victims recover and RTW faster.
Although counseling is essential in the RTW process, it alone is not adequate to fully support WPB victims recover and RTW easily. It is evident that the current RTW system is emotionally taxing, confusing and takes time to get an outcome. Despite these challenges, this research proposes an innovative model combing social work practice with onsite hands-on workplace mentoring to help the victim RTW in a short period feeling supported. The model discusses the importance of the victim returning to work at their own gradual pace increasing their confidence and self-reliance.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 12 Apr 2021


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