Open Access Article SciPap-1164
Climate Assessment and Experience with Mobbing among Public Administration Staff (Example from Czech Tax Office)
by Tomáš Čech 1,* iD icon, Pavlína Králová 2 iD icon and Petra Dvořáková 3 iD icon

1 Department of Education and Social Studies, Palacký University Olomouc, Faculty of Education, Žižkovo náměstí 5, Olomouc 771 40, Czechia

2 Secretariat and Operations Security Department, Tax Office for the Olomouc Region, Lazecká 545/22, Olomouc 779 11, Czechia

3 Faculty of Economics and Administration, Department of Law, Masaryk University, Lipová 507/41a, Brno 602 00, Czechia

* Authors to whom correspondence should be addressed.

Abstract: The paper focuses on the issue of relationships and climate in the workplace in public administration including the factors that have a negative effect on workplace climate and interpersonal relationships. From a theoretical perspective, the paper summarizes the knowledge of interpersonal relationships in the workplace, environmental effects on workplace climate including pathological and negative phenomena that influence workplace relationships, including especially conflicts, bullying, and sexual harassment. The objective of the research was to identify the assessment of workplace climate and relationships by the employees of the Tax Office for the Olomouc Region as a prerequisite for high-quality performance of public administration, including their experience with workplace aggression and bullying by their colleagues. The research was performed by means of a quantitative research strategy. The data were received from 305 employees by means of a questionnaire. The results suggest that about three quarters of employees assess their workplace climate in a positive way, which has a favourable effect on their work performance. The negative assessment by Tax Office employees may be related to their experience with mobbing and bossing reported by 10% of employees.

Keywords: Public Administration, Climate, Working Environment, Satisfaction, Conflicts, Aggression, Workplace Bullying, Tax Office

JEL classification:   H83 - Public Administration • Public Sector Accounting and Audits,   J28 - Safety • Job Satisfaction • Related Public Policy

SciPap 2020, 28(4), 1164;

Received: 30 September 2020 / Accepted: 22 November 2020 / Published: 22 December 2020