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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 editorsTuikka, Sini

Parent publicationWorkplace Communication

Parent publication editorsMikkola, Leena; Valo, Maarit



Publication year2020

Pages range136-148

Number of pages in the book213


Place of PublicationNew York

Publication countryUnited States

Publication languageEnglish


Publication open accessNot open

Publication channel open access

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.

Keywordswork communitieshuman relationsinteractionbehaviourworkplace bullyingdiscriminationharassmentleadership (activity)

Contributing organizations

Ministry reportingYes

Reporting Year2020

JUFO rating3

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