Cyberbullying at Work: In Search of Effective Guidance

Laws, 3(3), 598-617, August 2014

20 Pages Posted: 24 Dec 2015

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Tina West

Ryerson University - Ted Rogers School of Management

Mary Foster

Ryerson University - Ted Rogers School of Management

Avner Levin

Ryerson University, Ted Rogers School of Management

Jocelyn Edmison

Ryerson University - Ted Rogers School of Management

Daniela Robibero

Ryerson University

Date Written: July 29, 2014

Abstract

With rapid technological change has come a blurring of boundaries between personal and workplace space. Employers are challenged to develop guidelines and policies to direct the appropriate use of technology to maintain a civil workplace. Because of the lack of shared understanding, or even terminology, around the issue of cyberbullying, employers are seeking a response from lawmakers to assist with this issue. Lawmakers are reluctant to develop legislation prematurely, given the rapid change in the capabilities of technology, the diverse social norms about its use, and the uncertainty of the role and responsibility of employers in minimizing cyberbullying and facilitating a civil workplace environment. This Canadian study seeks insight into these emerging issues through in-depth interviews with human resource professionals representing diverse business and industry sectors.

Keywords: cyberbullying, work, communication, social media, policy

Suggested Citation

West, Tina and Foster, Mary and Levin, Avner and Edmison, Jocelyn and Robibero, Daniela, Cyberbullying at Work: In Search of Effective Guidance (July 29, 2014). Laws, 3(3), 598-617, August 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2707830

Tina West

Ryerson University - Ted Rogers School of Management ( email )

350 Victoria Street
Toronto, Ontario M5B 2K3
Canada

Mary Foster

Ryerson University - Ted Rogers School of Management ( email )

350 Victoria Street
Toronto, Ontario M5B 2K3
Canada

Avner Levin (Contact Author)

Ryerson University, Ted Rogers School of Management ( email )

350 Victoria Street
Toronto, Ontario M5B 2K3
Canada

Jocelyn Edmison

Ryerson University - Ted Rogers School of Management ( email )

350 Victoria Street
Toronto, Ontario M5B 2K3
Canada

Daniela Robibero

Ryerson University ( email )

350 Victoria Street
Toronto, Ontario M5B 2K3
Canada

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