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Saturday, October 12th, 2013
By Shana Lebowitz, Greatist, special for USA TODAY College
Many people say the experience of being bullied has caused them to develop health issues such as anxiety and depression. Some have even left their jobs.
On the playground, she’s mean. She laughs at our lisp and calls our pigtails ugly. She gets a bunch of her friends to stand in our way when we try to climb the jungle gym.
Flash forward 20 years and, finally, we can wear whatever we want and walk confidently down the street.
That is, until 9 a.m., when we skulk past her corner office and pray she doesn’t scream at us for making a mistake on our latest project.
The bully is back.
Across the U.S., workplace bullying is on the rise. The trend has some obvious negative consequences in the form of stressed and unhappy employees. But the ramifications of workplace bullying go beyond tearful staff members hiding out in bathroom stalls.
Hostile workplaces often lead to less productive employees and therefore less successful companies. It might seem too simple, but perhaps the most effective way to increase job performance is to make sure everyone gets along.
Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013
By Kim Painter, USA Today, April 20, 2013
Every workplace has bullies, But when the workplace is a hospital, it’s not just an employee problem.
The worker, according to court documents, felt threatened: His superior came at him “with clenched fists, piercing eyes, beet-red face, popping veins, and screaming and swearing.” He thought he was about to be hit. Instead, his angry co-worker stormed out of the room.
But it wasn’t just any room: It was in a hospital, adjacent to a surgical area. The screamer was a cardiac surgeon, and the threatened employee was a perfusionist, a person who operates a heart/lung machine during open heart surgery. In 2008, the Indiana Supreme Court ruling in Raess v. Doescher upheld a $325,000 settlement for the perfusionist, who said he was traumatized.
It’s enough to make any patient wonder: Just how well does my health care team get along?
The question is worth pondering, say experts in what is commonly called “disruptive behavior.” Every workplace, like every schoolyard, has its bullies. But when the workplace is a doctor’s office, hospital room or surgical suite — when doctors throw charts at nurses or nurses throw insults at trainees — it isn’t just a workplace problem. It’s a patient-safety issue, these experts say.
“The impact in health care is significant because you are dealing with patients’ lives,” says Peter Angood, CEO of the American College of Physician Executives in Tampa.
Tuesday, September 27th, 2011
Fact checking is an antiquated function in the modern newsroom. Despite a ubiquitous tether to vast troves of information on the internet, media outlets seem to have trouble using it to confirm claims, however aberrant they sound. The national prevalence of workplace bullying is one such distorted statistic.
This summer USA Today columnist, Anita Bruzzese, reported a false claim that a new survey found “up to 70 percent of working adults say they’ve been bullied at some point in their working lives,” citing Civility Partners LLC as the source. The same 70% prevalence rate was repeated by a Fort Worth, Texas TV station on Sept. 26. Repeating a mistake does not make it right.
Here are the facts behind the exaggerated prevalence rate.
Tags: 2007 WBI US Workplace Bullying Survey, Anita Bruzesse, CBS-11 DFW, Civility Partners, USA Today, workplace bullying prevalence
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Tuesday, December 28th, 2010
Bullying By The Boss Is Common But Hard To Fix
By Laura Petrecca, USA TODAY, Dec. 28, 2010