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March 22nd, 2017

Boss abhors “snowflakes” – won’t hire ’em

A brash owner of a small marketing firm in Manchester, Connecticut is making news by describing his hiring interview strategy. Unapologetic about being comfortable leveling applicants with personal questions not related to performance — thus demonstrating his loathing of “political correctness” — he gives what he calls the “snowflake test.”

“A snowflake is somebody who is going to whine and complain and come to the table with nothing but an entitled attitude and an inability to back their perspective,” Kyle Reyes, owner of Silent Parner Marketing, told the Fox Business Network. “Snowflake is a mentality.”

“Snowflakes” don’t get hired. The company says this on its About Us page: “Political correctness be damned. We are who we are and have what we have because of a greater good. We might call that greater good by different names…but faith is an integral part of who we are.”

Using Reyes’ reasoning, victims of sexual harassment and bullying, who complain, would be “snowflakes.” In other words, he won’t hire anyone who if abused or harassed would complain.

Gee, with a boss like him, wondering what are the odds that something wrong, unlawful or unethical will happen????

There are surely alternative marketing companies in New England to work for. Good luck.

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March 20th, 2017

Another characterization of lying. Can we be frank?

A 2005 book from Princeton philosophy professor emeritus Harry Frankfurt

The pdf version.

Fareed Zakaria’s books and CNN Sunday Show, GPS.

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March 17th, 2017

Irish Prime Minister Tutors Trump on Immigrants

“It’s fitting that we gather here each year to celebrate St. Patrick and his legacy. He, too, was an immigrant. And though he is of courst the patron saint of Ireland, for many people around the globe, he is also a symbol of — indeed, the patron of — immigrants. Thirty-five million people claim Irish heritage, and the Irish have contributed to the economic, social, political and cultural life of this great country over the last 200 years. Ireland came to America because, deprived of liberty, deprived of opportunity, of safety, of even food itself, the Irish believed. And four decades before Lady Liberty lifted her lamp, we were the wretched refuse on the teeming shore. We believed in the shelter of America, in the compassion of America, in the opportunity of America. We came and we became Americans.”

Enda Kenny
Prime Minister Ireland
St. Patrick’s Day, 2017

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March 16th, 2017

To the Irish

“It’s fitting that we gather here each year to celebrate St. Patrick and his legacy. He, too, was an immigrant. And though he is of courst the patron saint of Ireland, for many people around the globe, he is also a symbol of — indeed, the patron of — immigrants. Thirty-five million people claim Irish heritage, and the Irish have contributed to the economic, social, political and cultural life of this great country over the last 200 years. Ireland came to America because, deprived of liberty, deprived of opportunity, of safety, of even food itself, the Irish believed. And four decades before Lady Liberty lifted her lamp, we were the wretched refuse on the teeming shore. We believed in the shelter of America, in the compassion of America, in the opportunity of America. We came and we became Americans.”

Enda Kenny, Prime Minister Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day, 2017

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March 12th, 2017

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March 12th, 2017

Survey halfway funded — Can you help?

If the information found at this website, or books written by us, or videos we made helped you understand your workplace bullying experience, please consider helping fund the WBI 2017 U.S. Workplace Bullying Survey.

On March 12, we hit the halfway mark toward the $4,000 goal!!!!

Details found at the GoFundMe page. Any small amount helps. Thanks in advance.

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March 12th, 2017

GOP gives employee genetic testing to employers and insurers

Voluntary wellness programs by employers are great. Smoking cessation, on-site gyms or paid gym memberships, weight loss clinics — all good. However, the disappearing ACA (Obamacare) has a provision allowing employers to give employees incentives for participation in a wellness program, such as reductions in employee insurance premiums.

The provision was well-intentioned but based on bad information. [Ever notice how often this happens by lawmakers? And this was before the truth-sinking delusion bunch from trumpland.] Seems then-president Obama believed Safeway, the grocer, when its CEO claimed his corporation had kept health care costs down thanks to its wellness program.

Now comes a House bill introduced on March 2 (H.R. 1313) by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC). She exploits the benign wellness loophole to allow employers to require genetic testing of employees AND their family members in fishing expeditions to discover predictable costly diseases. With results in hand, insurers could cap coverage payouts when those diseases manifest themselves. [Obamacare forced insurers to lift caps. Trumpcare would restore limits, protecting insurers.]

Of course, in 2008, the list of protections for individuals expanded beyond race and sex to include personal genetic information. It is illegal to discriminate against persons based on such information. According to the proposed new law, HR 1313, an employer who offers health insurance and a wellness program is immune from the violation of the 2008 Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act.

There’s nothing “conservative” about Foxx’s desire to invade a person’s genetic code and the employee’s family. We need a new descriptive term for Republicans not bothered by such non-conservative (dare I say radical?) measures.

Politico quotes Foxx as saying, “I’m going to push to diminish the role of the federal government in everything it’s in that isn’t in the Constitution. That’s education, health care. All the things that the federal government does that it should not be doing. I’m happy to diminish its role.” The proud Tea Party member doesn’t see the hypocrisy of her proposed law.

While we are led to fixate on outrageous tweets, the GOP is marching steadily to reverse various forms of progress in civil rights made in the last 40 years. Watch what Congress is doing its numerical majorities in the House and Senate.

The bill’s co-sponsor is Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI).

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March 11th, 2017

Social science observers of a presidential administration: then and now

Historians count within their profession a subset who specialize in analyzing and critiquing the efficacy of U.S. Presidents. It’s less likely that social scientists apply their specialty to how successfully presidential administrations operate. That has certainly changed with Trump stepping into the role.

Evaluating how Trump’s habits and high self-regard can undermine his personal success, and in turn, quash hopes for a compassionate and caring federal government, has been the focus of many clinical psychologists, psychiatrists and mental health professionals. The running commentary (and pseudo-diagnoses) by professionals who have no access to personally testing and interviewing Trump is said to violate the “Goldwater Rule” adopted in 1973 by the American Psychiatric Association after the failed presidential candidacy of Republican Barry Goldwater in 1964. The movie Dr. Strangelove was released in the campaign year.

It seems an article (Fact magazine, Sept-Oct 1964) exploring the mind of candidate Goldwater who held then-radical ideas contained results of a poll of 2100 psychiatrists, of whom 1,189 considered Goldwater unfit for office. Goldwater sued and won in court but only awarded $1. He did receive $75,000 in punitive damages. He sued for $1 million. Fact stopped publishing in 1967.

This historical self-imposed norm held among mental health types until Trump showed an inability to control impulsive behavior from the very start of his term in office. Since then, armchair analysts — some mental health professionals, lay public critics, and media commentators — have freely commented on Trump’s personality and behavioral shortcomings.

The justification for putting aside the Goldwater rule is that the ethical obligation to alert the public to potential harm from Trump’s conduct is more important than sitting on the sidelines and not sharing what can be inferred from his public misconduct. Two professors of psychiatry cry danger over Trump’s inability to distinguish fantasy from reality.
Continue reading this article… »

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March 10th, 2017

New poll: Most distressing workplace factor of bullying experience

Dear Bullied Targets

There are few studies asking bullied targets to state which workplace factor distresses them most about their bullying experience. So, we attempt to answer that question. The response choices shown all are important. But we want veterans of bullying to tell us which ONE they believe has been the most memorable/disturbing/bothersome/crazymaking of them all.

Tell your friends. Send them the link to this page to complete the survey.

Watch for results soon.

For bullied targets: Of all the disturbing aspects of what happened to you, which ONE WORKPLACE factor caused you the MOST distress?

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March 7th, 2017

Time for new 2017 WBI U.S. Workplace Bullying Survey



We need your help.
Please go to this Go Fund Me page to read our rationale and to donate.
Then watch this site for a full report in the spring.

In the Trump era, we need to assess the effect his disturbing administration has on our already aggressive, pro-bullying society. Specifically, when civility rules are abandoned at the highest political level, do American employers react to the loosening with even more bullying of workers without fear of consequences? Let’s find out and compare to past surveys.

Here are the results of WBI’s three previous national surveys: 2007 and 2010 and 2014.

Thank you again.
Ruth Namie, PhD
Gary Namie, PhD
WBI founders

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