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Moore: Bully in the Federal Workplace

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

By Jim Moore, Huffington Post, Nov. 7, 2013

Bullying is the trending topic du jour, given the high news profile of the Miami Dolphins Jonathan Martin/Richie Incognito revelations and the recent teen suicides prompted by peer bullies. But as almost anyone who made it through junior high school (as it was called in my day), or middle school can tell you, bullying is not just a stain on our society; it is, in fact, deeply woven into the very fabric of our national being.

I have written before about my own early-teen experience with bullying; I was the scrawny kid who was the regular target of a coterie of toughs who delighted in beating me up just for the fun of it. And they could because they operated under the radar of school authorities and the other kids who just didn’t care to involve themselves in my problem. Thanks to my father who peeled back the layers of my embarrassment and my reluctance to reveal my insufficiency, I was able to confront the lead bully and put a period to the sentence of my adolescent torture. But, as I was to discover several decades later, that did not put an end to the bullying, or my reluctance as an adult to call it by its real name.

Federal employees are also subject to bullying. Whether they are on the staffs of senators or congressmen, or work in the myriad halls of cabinet departments and federal agencies, a large number — and I’m only guessing here, but after 35 years in the system I think I have some standing — find themselves on the short end of the stick with little recourse.

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Huffington Post UK: Workplace Bullying, Abuse and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, It’s True, Your Boss Can Give You PTSD

Saturday, September 7th, 2013

By Malory Nye
8/9/13

Imagine the scenario – a woman goes into work one day and a senior colleague acts in an abusive and malicious way towards her. This is so shocking that she spends the next two years suffering from the consequences of that incident. She cannot sleep at night, she has frequent flashbacks and nightmares, she turns into a different person. The way she has been treated by her colleagues at work creates an ongoing depressive condition that requires serious psychiatric support.

Is it right to talk about this as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?

If it looks like a dog, if it barks like a dog, and if overall it behaves like a dog, then it is most likely to be a dog. In the case of PTSD caused by bullying and abuse at work, this is a particularly black dog.

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Huffington Post: New Girl on the Block, Identifying and Coping With Workplace Bullies

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

By Dontaira Terrell
9/4/13

Have you ever been the victim of humiliating or intimidating tactics such as ridicule, verbal abuse, being the butt of all jokes, being excluded and having your contributions purposefully ignored by a boss or colleague? Workplace bullying can take shape in many unidentified forms. According to the Workplace Bullying Institute, workplace bullying is “repeated, health-harming mistreatment of one or more persons by one or more perpetrators.”

Workplace bullying, once a condition suffered in silence, has garnered widespread national attention in recent years. More than 50 million Americans have reported being bullied at work at a point in time in their career. I myself am included in this number. Behind closed doors, I was praised for my achievements, but belittled in public forums. My days on the job seemed to be a comedic movie script one day and the next, seemed more like a movie nightmare.

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Huff Post: Republicans ‘demogoguery and 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.

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Ferber on Bullying: Getting It Right

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

The NY Times has twice now featured our WBI-Zogby statisics in two articles (Jan. and May 10, not so ironically Mother’s Day). From that sprang TV and radio reports and lots o’ blogosphere chatter.

The fact is that we ran a large national study looking at lots of aspects of bullying at work. The trouble is that the media love the catfight (woman-on-woman) angle. Or shall I say, the editors, love it. Most reporters get the big picture. Fact: most of the bullying is done by men.

One blogger sorted through the B.S. and got it right — Abby L. Ferber — at the Huffington Post.  She sees that most bullying is about abuse of authority and power. Bullying is certainly complex and comes in a variety of forms, but common to all types is the perpetrator’s CONTROL over another human being. The perp’s insatiable need, made possible by either unknowing or corrupt employers, and the harm it causes the targeted person’s health, sense of identity, livelihood, family and career.

So in the noisy, error-prone, cranky and eccentric world of bloggers, Ferber got it right! WBI commends and thanks you.

GN

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