Posts Tagged ‘workplace bullying’

Bullies in the office? They could be more common than you might think

Monday, April 9th, 2012

Leonor Vivanco
April 8, 2012

Kids can be cruel, but so can adults.

Bullying – certainly the buzzword of the moment—happens not only to students at school but to adults at work.

In fact, bullying in all its forms has become a flashpoint in the national conversation. There are now human resource managers conducting seminars on the issue across the country. The “It Gets Better” video project to prevent gay bullying has resulted in more than 3.3 million page views since its 2010 launch. Meanwhile, the documentary film”Bully,”due out Friday, garnered national media attention as producers fought to get its R rating changed toPG-13so it could be shown in schools. The movie, which was slightly edited, now will open in theaters with a PG-13 rating.



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How you can fight back against age-based bullying on the job – AARP

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

By Diane Cadrain

“Stupid old woman.”
“Too old to keep up.”
“You should just retire.”

Taunts like these, aimed at the growing number of employees over age 50, are coming from bullies in the workplace. It may be the boss, it may be a coworker or even a customer who’s hurling the invective.



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Adults Can Be Bullies, Too

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Read the accompanying online article here.


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Employers Gone Wild: Color Orange Scares Law Firm Manager

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Employment-at-will, a practice that allows employers to fire workers for no good reason, reared its ugly head at the Elizabeth R. Wellborn law firm in Deerfield Beach, FL on Friday March 16, 2012. An unnamed paranoid male “executive” called 14 employees into a room because they all were wearing orange. It was happy hour Friday and they chose to dress alike to be identifiable as a group at the local bar they frequented. He believed wearing orange was a protest. What had he done to feel worthy of a staff protest? One worker explained the innocuous same-color-shirt plan. He fired them all and other “executives” agreed and upheld the mass termination for wearing orange. Four employees spoke to the Sun Sentinel, including a single mother of four, and a woman who said, “Orange happens to be my favorite color. My patio is orange.” Ms. Wellborn, who is an attorney “proud to represent institutional and private lenders in the reclamation of titled assets,” in other words foreclosing on home buyers, probably knew about, and approved, the terminations.

Florida: get fired for wearing orange, get killed for walking from 7-11 while black


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HR says workplace bullying declining

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

SHRM, the Human Resources professional trade association, released results of a non-scientific workplace bullying survey based responses from 400 members on Feb. 28, 2012. Remember, the phenomenon is seen through the lens of HR staff. Here are the major findings to compare and contrast with the national scientific survey conducted of adult Americans, last done in 2010 by WBI.



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The Hook: Bully buster? VQR spurs UVA launch of ‘respectful workplace’

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

This is a Kevin Morrissey suicide story update. The Hook’s investigative reporter, David McNair, reports on the launch of the University of Virginia’s respectful workplace policy and program. Here are my thoughts.



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Smell the Coffee: Bullied at work

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Karin Fuller
WV Gazette-Mail
March 3rd

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Back in February of last year, South Charleston Middle School’s Tolerance Club put on an emotional assembly that focused on what can happen when bullying reaches the level where the victim commits suicide. It’s something that’s become so prevalent among teenagers a new term has been coined to more aptly describe it: bullycide.

Even though bullying is hardly new, technology has enabled the ugliness to reach new levels of cruelty. Embarrassing photographs and videos enter cyberspace at warp speed. Gossip no longer depends on whispers and phone calls to spread now that it has reply all.

The sad part is that bullying doesn’t end with the distribution of diplomas. (more…)


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Sean Lunsford on the Bobby Demuro Show

Monday, February 27th, 2012

WBI’s Sean Lunsford was interviewed Sun. Feb. 26 on the Bobby Demuro Show, WBT Talk Radio 1110 AM in Charlotte, NC. Show topic was school bullying, and featured WBI for a perspective on bullying among adults.

Take a listen:

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Namie Addresses PSAC H & S Conference

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Gary Namie addresses the PSAC/AFPC
2012 B.C. Regional Health and Safety Conference
“Health and Safety – Our Power Our Responsibility”
Vancouver, BC, Feb. 26

The WBI-PSAC partnership is years long and covers Gander to Vancouver.


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Fox Business — Bully Adults in the Workplace: What to Do

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Barbara Mannino
Fox Business News
Feb 17, 2012

Adults who thought their days of dealing with bullies were left behind on the schoolyard better think again.

A 2011 CareerBuilder study shows that 27% of U.S. workers have felt bullied in the workplace with the majority not confronting or reporting the bully.

Workplace bullying is defined as repeated mistreatment of an individual employee by a person or group that takes the form of verbal abuse, behavior that is humiliating, threatening, intimidating or sabotages the targeted person’s work, according to the Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI).



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