Posts Tagged ‘woman-on-woman’
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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Sunday, September 5th, 2010
New research findings from the 2010 Workplace Bullying Institute national scientific survey regarding gender and workplace bullying.
Gender of targets: 58% are women; 42% are men
Gender of perpetrators: 62% men; 38% women
Men bullies target men in 55.5% of cases; women in 45.5%
What tends to make news (based on the 2007 WBI findings) is that women bullies target women in 79.8% of cases; men in 20.2%. In 2007, the woman-on-woman bullying prevalence was 71%. Now it is 80%. Looks like the American workplace is grower ever more toxic for women, at the hands of women.
Monday, June 28th, 2010
Another instance of woman-on-woman bullying in the UK, in a law firm (not unusual), where junior lawyer Pearl mounted a campaign against managing attorney Caroline causing Caroline health problems (also not unusual). Vivia Chen at Law.com, like so many others, seems intrigued by the woman-on-woman aspect and cites our WBI-Zogby 2007 findings.
Read the original article. Tip o’ the hat to Victoria Pynchon.
Wednesday, March 24th, 2010
By Lisa Cullen, Time magazine, March 26, 2010 issue
Monday, November 2nd, 2009
by Lori Gottlieb, Women’s Health magazine, Nov. 2009
When I was offered a job as a junior network television executive at age 26, I was beyond excited. I’d get to be creative, meet talented sitcom writers, and best of all, work for a woman I idolized. Amanda,* a TV veteran who worked on some great shows, seemed intimidating from afar—drop-dead gorgeous and extremely successful—but in our interview, she was warm and funny, listened carefully to my ideas, and complimented me on everything from my intellect to my earrings. I showed up my first day thinking, “This will be the Best. Job. Ever.”
Instead, I drove home every night in tears. Amanda stole my ideas, sabotaged my relationships with writers, and “forgot” to tell me about meetings. It was like high school all over again. How could this be happening in a respected company run by professionals? …. Finish reading the original article at the magazine’s site
Wednesday, August 12th, 2009
WAGA-TV, Fox 5, Atlanta, GA
Friday, July 17th, 2009
The report of an Army criminal investigation of management at the Arlington National Cemetery is covered by Mark Benjamin for Salon.com. The unauthorized theft and misuse of an employee’s e-mail account was just part of a larger bullying tale. The bullying followed the all-too-predictable pattern of the ethical worker trampled by tyrannical boss working through an immediate supervisor (a woman) accustomed to operating with impunity. The retaliation against the worker for standing up and daring to file a complaint was termination. A pattern the boss had followed for years.
Tags: Arlington, Gina Gray, Phyllis White, retaliation, Thurman Higgenbotham, woman-on-woman
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Thursday, July 16th, 2009
Workplace Bullying: Survival of the Meanest
by Sinead Nolan
Thursday July 16, 2009
Sunday, June 7th, 2009
Yet another story with the woman-on-woman bullying angle. However, UK Andrea Adams Trust director Lyn Wetheridge makes the more important point that the recession has increased bullying. Andrea Adams coined the phrase “workplace bullying” in Britain and led the movement until her death. The AA Trust is the forerunner to the American WBI.
How A Woman Becomes a Bully
More employees are suffering at their colleagues’ hands
By Carly Chynoweth and Tariq Tahi
The Sunday Times (London)
June 7, 2009
Tuesday, May 26th, 2009
Is There No Room for Sisterhood in Today’s Workplaces?
by James Turnbull, Korea Times, May 22, 2009
In U.S. workplaces, women are primarily bullied by other women rather than by men, the New York Times reported last week, and the news quickly went viral as it busted some long and deeply-held stereotypes about the women’s movement.
In total, 60 percent of bullies in U.S. workplaces are men, according to the Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI), a national advocacy group. But whereas they tend to target both sexes equally, their female counterparts choose other women as their targets over 70 percent of the time.
These figures were surprising because they arrived in an environment where the glass ceiling remains quite strong
A 2008 census by the nonprofit research group Catalyst, for instance, found that only 15.7 percent of Fortune 500 officers and 15.2 percent of directors were women.
On that basis, it had been natural to assume that many women workers identify themselves as members of a repressed group, and consequently are more supportive and nurturing of each other in their working lives than men are.
Yet in reality, as numerous examples provided by the WBI attest to, there is little sense of feminist solidarity in the workplace. Why? (more…)