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Tuesday, November 26th, 2013
In Switzerland, the ratio of CEO pay to lowest paid workers in their companies has grown today to 43:1 from 6:1 in 1984. By comparison, in the U.S. in 2012, the ratio was 354:1, according to the AFL-CIO,. It is 84:1 in the U.K. The inequality sparked outrage and a movement in response that is sweeping Spain, France, Germany, and the EU which is considering limiting the ratio.
Why not in America?
Tags: 1:12, AFL-CIO, CEO compensation, executive pay, inequality, Switzerland
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Tuesday, November 12th, 2013
Our human ancestors, the Neanderthals, last walked the earth 28,000 years ago. (Sorry, creationists.) To be a “neanderthal” means to lag behind modern practices, to cling onto outdated ways. (Sorry, neanderthals who were more sophisticated than the namesake.)
It’s getting harder to find apologists among the sports cognoscenti at ESPN to defend the Miami Dolphins designated bully Richie Incognito. The Miami Dolphins post-game panel after Monday Night Football on Nov. 11 stated unanimously that the locker room culture in every team would have to change just as surely as approaches to concussions have changed. They spoke of “neanderthals” in the locker room growing extinct. That the league has to evolve because other workplaces don’t behave abusively. (Oops. Yes they do. That’s the message about workplace bullying.)
We at WBI concur heartily that the NFL must evolve. How strong will be the blowback against such humanizing proposals? NFL Coach Pete Carroll spoke of preserving rituals (such as rookies carrying helmets off the field) but not hazing. Can the NFL remain as attractive to American fans without the ancillary abuse that has little to do with the game itself? Is the game so violent that it makes it difficult, if not impossible, for fired-up players to not engage in some form of abuse after the play, in the locker room, in bars after games, or at home? Are NFL players as conditioned to be violent as military veterans who have difficulty leaving a war zone to return to civilian life?
Let’s watch and hope for the evolution out of neanderthalism. Then, the NFL will be a safe place for players like Jonathan Martin who eschew off-field violence.
An evolution will require acquiring skills, both for managers in sports and in the non-sports workplace.
Tags: Gary Namie, Jonathan Martin, manager training, neanderthal, NFL, training, workplace bullying
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Tuesday, November 5th, 2013
What have the fans spawned in our lust for football in the U.S.? Is it healthy? Is it sustainable? Where is the room for the Jonathan Martins in that world?
Follow the full story in the Category list in the sidebar: NFL: Jonathan Martin
Tags: ESPN, Jonathan Martin, Richie Incognito
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Tuesday, November 5th, 2013
Then bullying could happen to you.
Jonathan Martin, Stanford graduate, Miami Dolphins offensive lineman, walked away from a multi=million dollar contract on Monday Oct. 28 complaining about the abusive conduct of veteran teammate Richie Incognito.
Bullying triggers lots of personal shame when it continues as long as Martin’s mistreatment lasted — 1.5 years. No single incident probably sounded outrageous to Martin’s teammates — it was “just locker room banter” — nor to Martin. But the cumulative effect on him was not good, and he reached a breaking point.
The 24 year old Jonathan did what no other NFL player has ever done. It took courage in the face of player taunts and coaches’ statement. He was branded as weak, dealing with “emotional issues.”
The most remarkable aspect of his action was to show all the 54 million Americans who have directly experienced workplace bullying that they, too, should break through the silence and shame and out their bullies.
Bullying is never invited by the recipients of the torment. Though they sometimes appear to “play along,” they loathe the humiliation and degradation.
Bullied targets, you are not alone. And a big guy just made it clear that it can happen in the least likely places to the most physically able people among us. Jonathan is one of you, one of us.
Thank you Jonathan.
Monday, November 4th, 2013
American professional football is now recognized as a violent game, not only by critics, but by its own admission. The NFL (the team owners) settled a huge lawsuit for players who suffered concussions and committed funds to researching the effects of the sport on retired players’ health. The fact that retired players chose to die by suicide, a decision driven in large part by the brain damage they suffered, speaks volumes about the sport.
Players privileged to play at the professional level have groomed their playing skills from childhood through high school and college and endured years of boys’ locker room antics where social skills are honed. It’s possibly the most masculine, aggressive environment of all workplaces (military as an equal). Do we expect respect to be part of that cutthroat competitive environment?
Tags: Gary Namie, Jonathan Martin, Miami Dolphins, NFL, NFLPA, Richie Icognito, workplace bullying
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Thursday, October 31st, 2013
A stranger visiting America would think us crazy upon learning effective Nov. 1, an additional $5 billion will be cut from the food stamps program (SNAP). One would think that the paltry assistance of $1.50 per meal BEFORE the cuts set to take effect was somehow living large, so large that cuts needed to be made. This America is unrecognizable to me. I have lived to see the progression from the launch of the War on Poverty, celebrities lobbying Congress regularly to end needless preventable hunger, the compelling new documentary A Place at the Table showing how hungry kids stand little chance of learning or maximizing their lifelong potential, to learning that the House Republican proposal for the Farm Bill is to cut $39B over ten years from food stamps and the Senate plan is to cut $4B (striking and shameless that no one proposes ADDING to the program at a time when 15% of all Americans are poor with so many unemployed or underemployed working for minimum wage) see the report below on video,
Not related to workplace bullying, you say? Think again.
• The WBI campaign against Workplace Bullying involves social justice.
• Social justice includes leveling the economics for Americans.
• WBI supports bullied targets, 77% of whom lose their livelihoods through no fault of their own and may require assistance from the government to survive.
• Therefore, cuts to assistance programs for the needy certainly must adversely affect targets of workplace bullying.
• WBI advocates for quality of life issues for bullied targets.
• WBI is target-centric.
Friday, October 18th, 2013
Because complaints about the website breakdowns at healthcare.gov mount, political opponents of the Obama administration blame the executive branch of government (guv’mint). According to the Washington Post, $364 million was allotted to create the website, with $88 million going to a Canadian firm, CGI Federal. Blame them and the other firms. Privatization advocates should take note.
At the same time, it seems WBI website traffic is starting to overrun our servers. Though we take heavier volume as a compliment, we regret when people who need to get answers about their bullying situations can’t access our sites.
We apologize and are working to keep our sites running as fast as possible. At least, we take responsibility. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Friday, October 4th, 2013
The Federal Shutdown is hurting the middle class and the working poor the most.
Friday, September 20th, 2013
For those who still value empirical science …
Two physician-researchers from the NY Univ School of Medicine and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons analyzed data from the U.S. Small Arms Survey, World Health Organization, the National Center for Health Statistics, and the United Nations Surveys of Crime Trends.
• number of guns & firearm-related deaths, significant (p< .0001) positive correlation (more guns, more gun deaths)
• number of guns is the significant predictor of firearm-related deaths, not mental illness
• number of guns & crime rate, weak, non-significant positive correlation (nation not safer with more guns)
• mental illness & crime rate, weak, non-significant correlation
Tags: American gun massacres, crime rate, firearm-related deaths, gun deaths, gun-related deaths, guns, mental illness
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Tuesday, September 17th, 2013
Again advocates of stopping psychological violence at work must face the reality that organizational life is part of societal life. It is all connected. Massacres remind us of the American brand of violence that is all too frequent. Bullying pales in comparison, but it is a form of violence. When we demand that it stop, we have to acknowledge the societal context.
Moral decency trumps NRA distorted rationales for availability of military combat weapons for citizens. Buried in the saturation media coverage of the Sept. 16 Washington Navy Yard massacre was a press conference by Med Star Washington Hospital Center CEO and Chief Medical Officer, Janis Orlowski, M.D.
I first heard her comments on the radio. She was remarkable in that her voice wavered as she spoke eloquently about “evil” visited upon families when death and injuries of the innocents in the typical American massacres. She said that we all have to “work together” to stop it. The “it” was unclear. Then, in response to a question, she began the statement captured in the Associated Press video below. As soon as she said that we used to fight with fists, then knives, then guns, the networks cut away from her.
She had uttered the forbidden 4-letter word: GUNS. As a trauma expert, she called massacres “senseless trauma,” and hoped that her trauma center could someday be put out of business because massacres (i.e., gunshot wounds) might be stopped. Emergency physicians have long lobbied for gun control because they see the wholesale slaughter of humans that guns allow.
Dr. Orlowski’s full statement about guns is captured in the video below. We should all listen and dive into the “gun control debate.”
Tags: gun control, guns, gunshot wounds, Janis Orlowski, Med Star Washington Hospital Center, trauma, Washington & Lee, Washington Navy Yard
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