Posts Tagged ‘violence’
Thursday, August 1st, 2013
People bullied at work tend to be principled and ethical. People practicing peaceful Buddhist principles certainly never expected to work in a bullying-prone workplace. The juxtaposition of peaceful people helping others find peace, tranquility and purpose to make the world a better place in which to live with the psychological violence and pain caused by workplace bullying is jarring. It’s a major clash between Peace and Violence in a single workplace.
The Vallecitos Mountain Ranch in rural New Mexico outside of Taos is a place founded with the goal of helping people find peace, rediscover their humanity and personal purpose — a self-described “wilderness learning and retreat center.” A married couple started the Ranch. After a divorce, Grove Burnett, was the sole leader. The staff included an executive director, a ranch manager, retreat coordinator, and cooks for retreats staged at the tranquil site. Burnett is recognized as a spiritual leader and meditation teacher. He scheduled a return from sabbatical on Sat. July 13, 2013.
Over the years, Burnett had a record of bullying staff, Board members, and others in the spiritual movement. A staff survey in Nov. 2012 revealed the scope of problems he caused. He had created an “unsafe and tyrannical” place.
During his absence, the 10-person staff appealed to the Board to demand resignations from Burnett and several of his supporters on the Board, to demand new employment contracts with an anti-retaliation clause, and to demand Burnett never teach or participate in any future Vallecitos programs. The Board was indifferent to the complaints. Sound familiar?
Tags: Buddhist, Carl Roberts, Grove Burnett, hunger strike, Leigh Lauck, Mary Reed, peace, spiritual movement, Vallecitos Mountain Ranch, violence, workplace bullying
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Tuesday, June 21st, 2011
The wiser reporters who interview me ask what is behind our tolerance of vicious abuse in the workplace or any other domain in our lives. I, as a social psychologist, resort to my stock reply that all of our actions stem from a societal context. If we were less accepting of violence, we would stop it. Perpetrators would never be portrayed heroically. Instead, they would shunned in ways that we now treat victims. Sadly, that’s not the culture I live in.
I direct readers to a rather long, but thoughtful and accurate analysis of current culture by Henry A. Giroux, a professor at McMaster University. He stated the case more masterfully than I could. Reveling in the pain of others: Moral degeneracy and violence in the “Kill Team” photos.
Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010
Please check out this film! The Drs. Namie and the WBI Legislative Campaign are featured. It’s a documentary that begins with post office homicide and then introduces bullying as a potential toxic feature of the work environment that can set the stage for violence.
“Delivers a potent mix of shocking truth, honest analysis and dark humor”
COMING TO THEATERS IN 2010
Feature documentary Murder by Proxy: How America Went Postal offers a provocative examination of the possible role of hostile work environments in mass murder incidents, starting with the earliest USPS mass murder-suicide in 1986.
At a time when tensions are rising again in the Postal Service and in other workplaces across America, Murder By Proxy is a simply a must-see film.
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Tags: bullying, going postal, massacre, Murder by Proxy, USPS, violence
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Monday, September 28th, 2009
By DOUGLAS S. MALAN, Connecticut Law Tribune, Sept. 28, 2009
Lawyers say Yale murder highlights need for training, policies (about physical workplace violence) with a nod to understanding possible underlying work environment issues. Read the original article.