FILM: Mi piace lavorare – Mobbing (2004)

Plot Summary: A woman is forced to stand up for herself and her co-workers in order to restore respect to the workplace in this drama. Anna (Nicoletta Braschi) works in the sales department of a large manufacturing concern; she’s a single mother, often finding it difficult to meet the demands of her job and still have enough time to spend with her young daughter (Camille Dugay Comencini) and elderly father (Impero Bartoli). When a powerful multinational corporation buys the company, Anna notices a subtle but troubling shift in the way the firm does business. Like many of her co-workers, Anna finds herself being manipulated in small but significant ways, and she’s soon shifted from her longtime job into a new and unfamiliar position working for a new boss (Stefano Colace) who does little to disguise his lack of respect for her. Anna finds her responsibilities increasing and her work days getting longer, adding to her stress both at work and at home, and when she’s forced to time how long it takes loading dock workers to empty a truck (much to their annoyance), she decides its high time the employees stand up to their new employers. Mi Piace Lavorare (“mobbing”) was inspired, in part, by a true story; real-life labor activist Assunta Cestaro appears in a supporting role. “Mobbing” is a slang expression used in Italy for harassment in the workplace. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi (All Movie Guide). Mi Piace Lavorare (Mobbing):Synopsis

Credits: Film Producer: Donatella Botti; Director: Francesca Comencini; Writer: Francesca Comencini; cast: Nicoletta Braschi, Camille Dugay Comencini, Rosa Matteucci IMDB: I Like to Work (Mobbing) (2004)

Accomplishments: 2004 Won Prize of the Ecumenical Jury Berlin International Film Festival – Francesca Comencini; 2005 Best Original Story Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists – Migliore Soggetto; 2005 Best Actress Nomination Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists – Nominated Silver Ribbon Best Actress (Migliore Attrice Protagonista) – Nicoletta Braschi; 2005 Best Film Nomination Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists – Donatella Botti; 2004 Best Actress Mar del Plata Film Festival – Nicoletta Braschi; 2004 Special Jury Award Mar del Plata Film Festival – Francesca Comencini; 2004 Best Film Nomination Mar del Plata Film Festival – Francesca Comencini IMDB: Awards for I Like to Work (Mobbing) (2004)

Film Review: Italian actress Nicoletta Braschi plays a character that gets put through the corporate ringer and amazingly ‘rolls with the punches’ while trying to raise her latchkey daughter alone. Amazingly, she never loses control though what’s being done to her certainly warrants a violent outburst. Apparently in Italy, what she goes through with her new manager at work in a technique called ‘mobbing’, where a new merging company is unable to fire longtime employees so they do everything possible to humiliate the worker to get them to quit on their own. During the course of the movie ‘Anna’ (Braschi) is transferred numerous times within the company to more and more demeaning jobs (she’s put in charge of running the copy machine at one point) until finally … well I don’t want to spoil it for you. Suffice to say this is a very sobering account of unethical corporate policy and it is told very realistically with little or no humor at all (though some comic relief would have been gratefully appreciated by this reviewer). Good one to see if you want to get the heads up on a dirty practice that still goes on today in the corporate world. IMDB: User Review for I Like to Work (Mobbing) (2004)

Prevention of Workplace bullying

Workplace bullies create a tremendous liability for the employer by causing stress-related health and safety problems, and driving good employees out of the organization.

The business case for strict anti-bullying policies is compelling. Potential benefits include a more peaceful and productive workplace, with better decision making, less time lost to sick leave or self-defensive paperwork, higher staff retention, and a lower risk of legal action.

Identify bullying in your staff handbook as unacceptable behavior. Establish proper systems for investigating, recording and dealing with conflict. Investigate complaints quickly, while maintaining discretion and confidentiality and protecting the rights of all individuals involved. It is important to understand fully any incidence of bullying and take the problem seriously at all levels.

Organizations who manage people well outperform those who don’t by 30 to 40 per cent. Development of strong interpersonal skills at all levels is fundamental to good management and a healthy workplace.

There is no place for bullies in a well-run organization.

Source: Canada Safety Council

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