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Negative Relationships in the Workplace (2020)

Tuikka, S. (2020). Negative Relationships in the Workplace. In L. Mikkola, & M. Valo (Eds.), Workplace Communication (pp. 136-148). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429196881-11

JYU authors or editors

Publication details

All authors or editors: Tuikka, Sini

Parent publication: Workplace Communication

Parent publication editors: Mikkola, Leena; Valo, Maarit

ISBN: 978-0-367-18570-1

eISBN: 978-0-429-19688-1

Publication year: 2020

Pages range: 136-148

Number of pages in the book: 213

Publisher: Routledge

Place of Publication: New York

Publication country: United States

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429196881-11

Publication open access: Not open

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Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/67499


A workplace is a network of various relationships, each with their own distinctive features. Negative coworker relationships, such as bullying relationships, may cause significant long-term emotional and psychophysical strain for the individuals involved, the coworkers who observe such relationships, and the entire organization. In contrast to an isolated workplace conflict, a negative relationship can include recurring patterns of dismissive and offensive communication or the perceived threat of such. This chapter explores nonvoluntary relationships that the participants are, to a certain extent, forced to maintain due to their shared office space and organizational goals. Because ending these relationships is not an option in the foreseeable future, the chapter discusses their maintenance. Ways of initiating discussions of relational problems are also discussed.

Keywords: work communities; human relations; interaction; behaviour; workplace bullying; discrimination; harassment; leadership (activity)

Contributing organizations

Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2020

JUFO rating: 3

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