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According to Heinz Leymann, founder of research on workplace mobbing, individual personality traits do not cause mobbing. Instead, the phenomenon is related to “social structures and power structures that are dominant in the workplace organization,” (Leymann web file 0005e). As such, the prevalence of mobbing differs between types of organizations. On the whole, mobbing appears to be more common in the public sector compared to the private sector (Kenneth Westhues 2002). Public sector workers will find relevant and informative resources in this section.
Kate Hartig and Jeannene Frosch provide an overview of mobbing literature, highlighting the implications of not addressing the problem. A case study of public sector worker "Miss Naive" illustrates female service workers' vulnerability to being mobbed.
In this investigation researchers measured Victoria public service employees' perceptions of public service employment conditions. Section 4 deals directly with employee experiences of harassment and bullying.
Adrienne B. Hubert and Marc Van Veldhoven examine the results of a survey of work experiences completed by 66 764 employees in 11 sectors across the Netherlands. Results demonstrate that there are visible differences in the occurence of mobbing and undesirable behaviour across different sectors.