Posts Tagged ‘bullying’
Monday, November 25th, 2013
By Kerri L. Stone, Associate Professor of Law, Florida International University, Huffington Post, Nov. 16, 2013
In the wake of the Richie Incognito suspension, a big question that we need to ask is…why? With bullying so rampant in society, why has this story captivated the public imagination? And why did the Dolphins decide to suspend him that Sunday afternoon after initially defending him in a statement released just that morning?
The first question is easy. Bullying is linked in the public imagination to juvenile, perhaps inconsequential schoolyard behavior that “strong” adults should be able to tolerate, especially when they are large, famous professional football players. No one has cared much about workplace bullying among adults, and this has been a mistake. Until now. In the NFL.
The harm that workplace bullying does to organizations’ morale, productivity, and efficiency is well-documented. It erodes employees’ feelings of wellbeing and dignity in the workplace. Each day in this country, untold numbers of people falter and/or leave their employment because of corrosive workplace bullying. But until a famous football player took a stand and walked away from fame and success, no headlines screamed to us about this phenomenon.
Tags: adult, bullying, Healthy Workplace Bill, incognito, kerri l. stone, workplace bullying
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Thursday, November 21st, 2013
After Jon Stewart sets the context for needing new NFL rules, at the 1:40 mark John Oliver and friends clarify the “Do’s and Don’ts” for workplaces. (Warning: language potentially unsafe for work)
Follow the full NFL story in the Category list in the sidebar: NFL: Jonathan Martin
Tags: bullying, Jonathan Martin, NFL, Richie Incognito, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, workplace bullying
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Monday, October 28th, 2013
by The Associated Press
October 27, 2013 9:02 AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Was a losing team bullied? Is your angry spouse a bully? How about that co-worker who’s always criticizing you? Or the politicians who forced a government shutdown?
Bullies aren’t just for middle schoolers. These days, they’re everywhere.
In Texas last week, the football coach at Aledo High School was accused of bullying after his team won 91-0. With no mercy rule in place to stem lopsided victories, the coach even tried to minimize the blowout by benching his starters and letting the clock run uninterrupted after halftime.
A parent from the losing team accused the coach of “bullying” — an accusation that requires the school district to investigate under state law.
And while many found the accusation baseless, it’s the kind of complaint that seems to have become more common thanks to national campaigns to draw attention to the real problem of bullying. There are people who use the term bullying “to get what they want. They use it as professional victims to gain power and control,” says Ben Leichtling, founder of BulliesBeGone.
Overuse of the term may be an unintended consequence of the many cases involving teen suicides that have made headlines in the last few years. More attention to the phenomenon may help real victims, but there’s also a risk that “words like bully and victim have just become meaningless labels for people who are seriously mistreated in school environments and in the workplace,” said Malcolm Smith, a professor in the University of New Hampshire’s education department who founded an anti-bullying program called “The Courage to Care.”
Smith says what constitutes real bullying is measurable: Is the behavior so damaging that it interferes with the target’s ability to go to school or do their job or otherwise conduct themselves safely? And secondly, does the behavior involve an imbalance of power?
Thursday, October 24th, 2013
Town School Board rejects public discussion as inappropriate part of formal grievance process
By Olga Peters, The Commons, October 23, 2013
BRATTLEBORO —The five-member Brattleboro (Vermont) Town School District Board returned from their closed executive session to an empty room that had teemed with some 40 audience members only an hour earlier.
Four members of the Windham Southeast Supervisory Union administration waited outside the Academy School auditorium, ground zero for a tense five-hour grievance hearing on Oct. 16 for a teacher who says that she wants to shine a light on an alleged pattern of bullying and intimidation in the school’s teaching environment and who is alleging that her treatment is part of an orchestrated effort to drive her from her job.
Chair Margaret Atkinson said the board will issue its written decision on teacher Lauren Ashley’s formal complaint by Oct. 24, within six school days.
Ashley, a fourth-grade teacher at Academy School with 27 years teaching experience, filed a formal grievance requesting the removal of a corrective action plan (CAP) from her official personnel file based on a teaching evaluation conducted during the 2012-13 school year.
Tags: Ashley, Brattleboro, brattleboro town school district, bullying, grievance, Lauren Ashley, teachers, the commons
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Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013
As part of Freedom From Workplace Bullies Week, the WBI has been encouraging cities across the country to take a stand. So far over 200 have since 2011. We’ve created a gallery of proclamations to showcase their support. Thanks to all those who’ve participated.
Friday, October 4th, 2013
The Federal Shutdown is hurting the middle class and the working poor the most.
Tuesday, September 10th, 2013
This summer the Toronto Star reported on a lawsuit between co-authors of a book on bullying, The Bully Trap, to be published by HarperCollins. The story angle was too cute — bully book authors bully each other! (gasp)
One author, Barbara Coloroso, is long-standing student bullying expert. I know her and have witnessed the quality of her work. She is an ethical professional.
The co-author, Andrew Faas, is a wealthy business man now better known for his philanthropy. But he is not an expert in bullying. In fact, his status as a former executive at Shoppers Drug Mart makes questionable his take on bullying unless he was an anti-bullying advocate from his perch in the corporate world.
Both authors received advances from the publisher and the work began. Then Coloroso discovered that Faas had plagarized other sources for his contributions to the book. She pulled out of the book deal and returned her advance. Faas was insulted, though other reviewers did verify the nearly perfectly copied material Faas had submitted as his own. Faas sued Coloroso for damage to his reputation. Coloroso sued for plagarism.
It’s all ugly, but Coloroso who insists on honesty and has a successful relationship with the publisher, is not the bully Faas claims she is. Read the article and the newspaper’s evidence of Faas’ copying sources. You decide who is telling the truth.
Tags: Andrew Faas, Barbara Coloroso, bullying
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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.