Posts Tagged ‘bullying’
Monday, February 4th, 2013
Chris Hayes of MSNBC said it, we didn’t. He was referring to the Senate nomination hearing for Hagel as Secretary of Defense.
Friday, January 25th, 2013
We reprint a good article on the topic of woman-on-woman workplace bullying. You can read our own thinking about it here. The W-o-W bullying phenomenon was also captured in the WBI 2010 U.S. Workplace Bullying Survey in which women bullies (38% of all bullies) targeted other women in 80% of situations.
Every Office Has Its Bullies, Here’s How to Outwit Them
by Jude Stewart, Fast Company
All of us can be difficult to work with at times, in ways we’re usually blind to. Here’s how to deal with others (and your own flaws) to defuse difficult work situations, from the authors of “Mean Girls at Work.”
Everybody knows them, that ragtag parade of office meanies: the inveterate gossip, the underminer, the credit-stealer, the boss rolling his eyes or openly playing favorites. But discussions of workplace conflict too often focus on poor innocent me, persevering amid difficult coworkers. Less discussed is a more uncomfortable fact: All of us can be difficult to work with at times, in ways we’re usually blind to. This is particularly pernicious when you’re the boss, since you’re both too pressed for time to recognize your shortcomings and–let’s face it–even your most forthright direct reports may be reluctant to point out your flaws.
Office squabbles seem minor, but their costs to individuals and organizations can rack up. In a 2011 white paper, the Center for Resolution estimated a typical manager spends 20-40% of her time dealing with employee conflicts. Office disputes are a decisive factor in most employee departures, and 90% of cause-related terminations. Truly intractable conflicts can wind up in litigation with price tags of $50,000 to $100,000 in attorney fees.
Tags: bullying, Fast Company, Gary Namie, Jude Stewart, woman-on-woman, workplace bullying
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Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
WBI's Administrator and licensed mental health counselor, Jessi Eden Brown, MS, LMHC, LPC, NCC is forming a support group for targets of workplace bullying. Jessi's private practice is located in the North Seattle area. If you're interested, please email Jessi Brown to find out more.
Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012
A man wrote a cruel letter to local WKBT-TV anchor, Jennifer Livingston, in La Crosse Wisconsin. He wrote “”Surely you don’t consider yourself a suitable example for this community’s young people, girls in particular. Obesity is one of the worst choices a person can make and one of the most dangerous habits to maintain.”
The letter angered her husband and Jennifer. Here was her public response on the air.
If she had only waited until Freedom From Workplace Bullies Week. Hey, she mentioned Bullying Prevention Month. Good for her.
Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012
Remember bullying was once excused as a “rite of passage” for children. No longer. Gary Trudeau is brilliant with “Bullies are people, too, my friend” and (Hate crimes) are “part of growing up, my friend” lines. See for yourself.
Wednesday, April 25th, 2012
What’s in a name? Plenty of power to change.
We at WBI have long recognized that bullied targets cannot even begin to reverse their situation until they acknowledge that their work lives have been severely interrupted by the bullying. They have to name this “thing” that is happening so there is a reason to take action.
Call it workplace bullying or abusive conduct or psychological violence or workplace aggression or mobbing or personal harassment, but call it something other than acceptable behavior (e.g., just management “style” or “personality clash”). Give it a strong name to match the seriousness of the impact on your life.
Wednesday, October 12th, 2011
Everyone already knows of the common stereotype, how bullies pick on the weakest kid on the playground. It is often used to justify the act of bullying itself, like a form of social Darwinism that makes it okay to commit acts of assault on another person. The Workplace Bullying Institute has found in its research that workplace bullies actually target the strongest, most capable employees. Particularly the ones who represent a threat to an incompetent manager’s own job. But a new CNN study shows this is also true of schoolyard bullies in their quest for social dominance.
This begs the question: do these kids grow up to be workplace bullies, or does the workplace make its own class of bullies? Tell us what you think in the comments section.
New York (CNN) — A new study commissioned by CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360°” found that the stereotype of the schoolyard bully preying on the weak doesn’t reflect reality in schools.
Instead, the research shows that many students are involved in “social combat” — a constant verbal, physical and cyber fight to the top of the school social hierarchy.
To read more visit: CNN study: Schoolyard bullies not just preying on the weak – CNN.com.
Friday, April 29th, 2011
By John Baldoni | April 28, 2011
While I will not admit to enjoying the downfall of others, it is refreshing to see an executive who treats others poorly fall from power.
Wednesday, December 8th, 2010
For a long while we have watched President Obama put a higher priority on compromise than any other mode of operating in the political arena. He has been accused of capitulating by his supporters. His opponents treat him with utter contempt, yet he continues to speak of compromising with them. This a bullying scenario very familiar to visitors of this site. Lest you think I inject retail politics into this site, read this story “What Aspect of Dealing with Bullies Did Obama Fail to Learn as a Child?”
Monday, November 29th, 2010
At WBI we use physical sciences to complement the “softer” social science research. It is useful to convince all opponents (the courts when involved in legal cases, business lobbyists fighting our anti-bullying Healthy Workplace Bill, and executives who believe they would be sissies if they stopped bullying in their organizations) that there is a physiological basis to the injuries suffered by bullied targets. A tip of the hat to David Yamada for catching the Boston Globe science writer’s recent coverage of relevant research. Emily Anthes wrote about the impact of being bullied as a child on the developing human brain. Dr. Gabor Maté, appearing on Democracy Now! Nov. 24 spoke about how the bully’s brain may develop in abnormal ways.
Tags: brain development, bullying, Daniel Peterson, David Yamada, Elizabeth Blackburn, Emily Anthes, Gabor Mate, Martin Teicher, neuroscience, Robert Hare, Robert Sapolsky, Tracy Vaillancourt, workplace bullying
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