Workplace harassment and discrimination for South African construction professionals

Bowen, P, Edwards, P, Lingard, H and Cattell, K 2011, 'Workplace harassment and discrimination for South African construction professionals', in Charles Egbu and Eric Choen Weng Lou (ed.) Proceedings of the ARCOM Twenty-seventh Annual Conference, Bristol, UK, 5-7 September 2011, pp. 187-196.


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Title Workplace harassment and discrimination for South African construction professionals
Author(s) Bowen, P
Edwards, P
Lingard, H
Cattell, K
Year 2011
Conference name ARCOM Twenty-seventh Annual Conference
Conference location Bristol, UK
Conference dates 5-7 September 2011
Proceedings title Proceedings of the ARCOM Twenty-seventh Annual Conference
Editor(s) Charles Egbu and Eric Choen Weng Lou
Publisher Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM)
Place of publication University of Reading, Reading UK
Start page 187
End page 196
Total pages 10
Abstract Workplace harassment and discrimination negatively affect the wellbeing of workers. An opinion survey of professionals working in the South African construction industry was carried out to explore their experiences of harassment and discrimination, and to determine whether or not gender and ethnicity play a significant part in unacceptable workplace behaviours perpetrated by line managers and colleagues. Data from 676 professional architects, civil engineers, quantity surveyors and project and construction managers were collected. While the overall levels of harassment and discrimination were not found to be high, the negative experiences of women and professionals in ethnic groups other than white were significantly more frequent than those reported by 'White' males. The findings suggest that professional firms in the construction industry, assisted by professional associations, should take a more active stance in adopting policies against harassment and discrimination, and in implementing procedures to discourage and penalise such behaviours.
Subjects Building Construction Management and Project Planning
Keyword(s) discrimination
harassment
job stress
South Africa
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