Archive for the ‘WBI in the News’ Category
Friday, June 14th, 2013
Regina: Oh, my God! I love your skirt. Where did you get it?
Lea Edwards: It was my mom’s in the ’80s.
Regina: Vintage. So adorable.
Lea Edwards: Thanks.
Regina: [turns to Cady] That is the ugliest effing skirt I’ve ever seen.
The above line is from the classic and brilliant film Mean Girls. The fake compliment was given by Regina George. George is a queen bee at a high school. She rules the social scene because she is a brilliant war strategist. Seriously General Patton has nothing on this girl. Everything looks effortless but every move is actually calculated. And though I would like to say this type of foul play only exists in high school and (wildly entertaining) movies, that is absolutely not true.
Woman-on-woman harassment is on the rise. Thirty-five percent of Americans reported being bullied at work, according to a 2010 survey by the Workplace Bullying Institute. Female bullies more frequently engaged in under-the-radar behaviors such as sabotage (53.7 percent of female vs. 39.9 percent of male bullies) and abuse of authority (50.2 percent vs. 44.7 percent), as compared to the more observable form of verbal abuse engaged in by more male than female bullies, at 57.5 and 47.1 percents, respectively.
Wednesday, May 29th, 2013
Abuse of power: Dealing with a bully lawyer. By Barbara L. Jones, Minnesota Lawyer, May 10, 2013.
CLE examined the cost of bullying in the legal profession
When Minneapolis attorney Bernice Fields organized a CLE on Bullying in the Legal Workplace, some legal secretaries told her they were afraid to ask for time off to attend.
At least one person in the audience cried at the description of being a bully’s target and what that can do to your health.
And the Minnesota Supreme Court last week confronted bullying in the profession when it suspended attorney Peter Nickitas for 30 days, followed by two years of supervised probation. There were several charges against Nickitas, but they included behavior that could readily be described as bullying. The petition said he made insulting remarks to opposing counsel during an arbitration, even screaming nose-to-nose with one attorney, the petition said. Nickitas could not be reached for comment.
The topic of bullying has taken center stage lately. The Anoka-Hennepin School District entered into a consent decree in 2012 governing discrimination and bullying after seven students there committed suicide. The Minnesota House of Representatives has passed the Safe and Supportive Schools bill requiring schools to have tougher antibullying policies. Hennepin and Ramsey County have “respectful workplace” policies that encompass bullying.
Tags: attorneys, Barbara L. Jones, Bernice Fields, Gary Namie, Hennepin County Bar Association, lawyers, legal secretaries, workplace bullying, Workplace Bullying Institute
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Monday, April 22nd, 2013
By Cathy Jett, (Fredericksburg, VA) The Free Lance-Star, April 20, 2013
Dr. Ruth Namie thought she’d be helping families solve their problems when she began working in a private clinic in 1995.
Instead, the clinical psychiatrist ran into one of her own. Her name was Sheila, and she proved to be the proverbial “boss from hell.”
Sheila was nice for the first three weeks, then began complaining that Namie was “worthless,” said Namie’s husband, social psychologist Gary Namie.
The bullying ratcheted up when Sheila overheard clients say that they drove an hour just to see Namie, and were urging others to go to her instead of Sheila. Sheila stripped Namie of her clinical work and gave her clerical work instead.
The Namies hired a lawyer, but discovered to their dismay that there was nothing illegal about one woman bullying another. They figured there must be some organization that could help, but there wasn’t one. So the couple started the Campaign Against Workplace Bullying.
Thursday, April 11th, 2013
Workplace bullying is costly in terms of morale, productivity, emotional well-being and a company’s bottom line – and yet too many employers allow it to happen.
By Laura Walter
April 9 2013
A few years ago, Maria had never even heard the term “workplace bullying.” But by the time she shared with EHS Today the path her professional life has taken in recent years, she used words like “traumatized,” “powerless,” “hostility,” “retaliation,” “mafia” and “war zone.” All this from a self-described happy, optimistic person who loved her job as a nurse and who never expected to become the target of bullying at work.
“When you love what you do, it doesn’t seem like work,” says Maria, who has been employed in various nursing roles at the same organization for years. (To protect her privacy, Maria’s name and identifying details have been changed.) “I was naïve – I thought everyone in the health care field just cared about people.”
Maria’s problems began when she accepted a management position at another facility within the organization, where she says that as an outsider, she was not well received by the staff. The tension mounted after she reported a staff member for behaving inappropriately with a patient. The worker was fired, which outraged the rest of the employees.
“People just hit the roof,” Maria says. “People think once they’re [in this organization], they have a job for life. They thought, ‘Who is this young woman to get this person terminated?’”
Monday, April 8th, 2013
By Ashley Doerzbacher
April 5, 2013
Many people think of kids when they hear the word ‘bullying,’ but it turns out, it can continue way past the school yard, and carry over into the work place.
Morrison Foerster, a law firm in New York, has looked into workplace bullying, and said that it is on the rise. The main reason, they say is power.
The Rutgers University basketball program is one public example to look at. We first reported on this earlier this week. Former coach Mike Rice was fired after videos surfaced of him throwing basketballs at players, and even and pushing them. Now, the university has cleaned house, letting the assistant coach and athletic director also go.
Sharon Parella, of Morrison Foerster, spoke with an Dr. Gary Namie, an expert on workplace bullying, and he says it’s all about gaining power.
“They see what gets other people ahead, they see a path toward reinforcement, themselves to gain status, stature, career enhancement and they take it,” said Dr. Naime, of Workplace Bullying Institute. “[It's] Not necessarily about money. Status, position, all the goodies in the workplace that they desire go to the highly aggressive person.”
Dr. Namie said that bullying crosses over gender, race and ethnicity, but that men bully more than women do, even though women are targeted more than men.
Monday, April 8th, 2013
Workplace bullying topic of law seminar by Cathy Jett, The Free Lance-Star
Kaufman & Canoles law firm will hold its 29th Annual Employment Law Update on April 11 in the Greater Richmond Convention Center.
Speakers will include Darrell Graham, the new area director of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Richmond office, and Gary Namie, a nationally recognized expert in workplace bullying.
Namie co-authored “The Bully-Free Workplace” and “The Bully At Work,” and has discussed the topic numerous times on network TV.
The day-long program will begin with registration and breakfast at 8:30 a.m., and include talks on such topics and practical do’s and don’ts of hiring with an emphasis on avoiding discrimination claims in the hiring process, reducing the risk of violence in the workplace and employee discipline and discharge.
The fee for the program is $345 for the first registrant for each company and $325 for each additional registrant. To register, contact Julia Rhody at 804/771-5722 or 757/624-3232 or go visit kaufcan.com.
Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013
Host WDVD-FM Detroit radio host Vanessa Denha Garmo interviewed Dr. Gary Namie for her show on March 31, 2013. They talked about the history of WBI, the Healthy Workplace Bill, and solutions for individuals and employers.
Tags: Gary Namie, it's your community, vanessa denha-garmo, workplace bullying
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Friday, March 15th, 2013
Call in or listen if you have Sirius XM radio. Host Mark Willis talks workplace bullying
Caller number 888-8-ROAD-DOG
2- 3 pm EDT, Friday March 15
Friday, March 8th, 2013
Bullying isn’t just a problem for middle school and high school students; bullying behavior continues into adulthood and is a concern in the workplace.
By Melissa Hincha-Ownby
Bullying is a major problem in schools across the country but if you thought that bullying ended once school ended, think again. Bullying behavior continues after adolescence and into adulthood, and workplace bullying is equally concerning. While there are many programs available to help educators stop bullying in schools, there are few resources available to businesses. However, the increased awareness of workplace bullying is helping bring about change as states are beginning to look at anti-bullying laws as a way to curb the issue.
Thursday, March 7th, 2013