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WBI Survey: Rank & Numbers of Perpetrators of Workplace Bullying

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

WORKPLACE BULLYING PERPETRATORS’ RANK & NUMBERS
WBI Research: 2012 – H Instant Poll

Workplace Bullying Institute Instant Polls are online single-question surveys that rely upon self-selected samples of individuals bullied at work (typically 98% of any sample). No demographic data are collected. Our non-scientific Instant Polls accurately depict the perceptions of workers targeted for bullying at work as contrasted with the views of all adult Americans in our scientific national surveys.

In the eighth IP of 2012, 81% of the 806 respondents declared that a boss (higher-ranking person than the target) was involved than bullying.

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Let’s Talk with Kalola: Injured Worker Trying to Keep Job

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

Let’s Talk with Kalola, where targets can share their experiences with WBI’s blog readers. Here we go!

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Support Groups for Workplace Bullying Targets in Seattle Area

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

WBI's Professional Coach & Licensed Psychotherapist, Jessi Eden Brown, will be offering support groups starting in February. This resource is designed for current and former targets of workplace bullying. Participants receive support and ideas from fellow group members, as well as expert advice from Jessi on how to address specific bullying situations and cope with the aftermath of being targeted. Groups will be held at Jessi's private practice in North Seattle. If you're interested, please email Jessi Eden Brown to find out more.

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SF School District bullying of teachers: United Public Workers for Action

Monday, January 14th, 2013

From United Public Workers for Action announcing Jan. 17 press conference at SF Unified School District HQ regarding retaliation against UESF teachers, specifically Tobias Crane, who complained about former Martin Luther King Middle School principal, Natalie Eberhard. (415) 867-0628

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Trouble at MLK Middle School seems rooted on bullying tactics of principal Eberhard.

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Province: B.C. government employees get new agreement to combat the bullying in their midst

Friday, January 4th, 2013

By Michael Smyth, The Province

The nightmare at work started with one manager taking a personal dislike to her and nitpicking everything she did — from the way she dressed to the “irritating” tone of her voice.

Other managers joined in and discipline notes were placed on her personnel file, for things like talking to her son on the phone during work hours. Her son is autistic.

But the worst phase of the office bullying began when her own co-workers started to isolate and harass her. At a staff Christmas party, she was given a card with sexual content that suggested she slept with all the men in the office.

Everyone laughed, and she tried to laugh, too. But, on the inside, she was in despair.

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“Etiquette” advice to deal with bullies at work: You’ve got to be kidding

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Workplace bullying is war launched by one side (that can be an entire army of coworkers or a combination of managers and backstabbing coworkers) against the other side, the lone target. It is not conflict with dual engagement. The targeted person is the only one victimized, persecuted and terrorized. The playing field is not even. It is abusive, psychological violence perpetrated by one or more against the target.

On behalf of bullied targets everywhere let me register disgust at the latest salvo of bad advice directed toward targets by an etiquette expert, Debby Mayne. Her drivel is titled: Etiquette for Dealing with a Workplace Bully, subtitled: Avoid Being the Target for Bullies at the Office.

The premise is offensive and denigrating to bullied targets. Mayne, who grew up in a military family with overt manners taking precedence, suggests to potential targets to avoid the following:
- being late for work
- letting mistakes go unfixed
- complaining

As for assertive actions targets can take that will back off the bully (ha! this woman has no idea!), Mayne says to do the following:
- when bully invades your personal space, state “with calm authority that she needs to leave so you can get back to work”
- do an excellent job
- document and go directly to human resources

Of course the reality is just not the world imagined (she certainly hasn’t lived the experience). For a dose of reality about what does not work when we make targets responsible for ending the bullying, read the extensive WBI 2012 Strategies Effectiveness Study.

For targets to practice manners or etiquette against abusive conduct is ludicrous. Adopting manners is unilateral disarmament in the war launched against targets. Mayne should take her pollyanna rubbish suggestions directly to bullies, perpetrators of uncivil and ill-mannered conduct. Maybe they will see the errors of their ways and get their etiquette straight.

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Let’s Talk with Kalola: Glo’s Advice

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

Let’s Talk with Kalola, where targets can share their experiences with WBI’s blog readers. Here we go!

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Iowa dentist lusted for assistant, fired her, state appeals court backs him

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

Don’t ever lose your ability to be shocked by injustice. That’s what employers want us to do. Here’s a shocking tale.

Melissa Nelson, a 32-year old mother and happily married wife, was a dental assistant for 10 years for a Fort Dodge, Iowa dentist named James Knight. Knight had been her family dentist. A Nelson acquaintance worked in his office. She felt close to his wife and family, too. Knight is older than Nelson. It was an amicable midwest workplace for years.

Nelson said that Knight became lewd when he turned 50. He found her “irresistibly attractive.” He sleazily commented that if she (Nelson) saw his pants “bulging,” she would know her clothing was too revealing and he objected that he was able to tell during work hours that she had breasts. Remember, this was an educated health professional! Knight learned cell phone texting and began sexting to Nelson, asking how often she had orgasms. Nelson never encouraged or invited Knight’s advances. Knight told his pastor and wife that he had “feelings and emotions” for Nelson. Both told him to fire Nelson, the woman Knight considered his best-ever assistant. The wobbly Knight made termination a religious affair. He invited another pastor from his church to attend the Jan. 4, 2010 meeting with Nelson where they ambushed and fired her.

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Martyrdom at Sandy Hook should silence bullying of teachers by “reformers”

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

UPDATED 12/25

Merriam-Webster defines martyrdom as “the suffering of death on account of adherence to a cause.” The six adult educators slain at Sandy Hook elementary on Dec. were practicing the profession they all claimed to love. These teachers and mothers were killed in a school, protecting other people’s children.

How many education “reformers” would lay down their lives for their principles? These system “deformers,” (a phrase used by Ralph Nader who pointed out that those claiming interest in tort reform actually sought to deform and kill the legal system that enables individuals to sue hurtful corporations, as do education “reformers” who seek to destroy public schools and unionized public school teachers) include advocates from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (referring to their education initiatives, not the Foundation’s noble work in global disease eradication), Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Rahm Emanuel (who laid the seeds for the Chicago teachers’ strike), and the incendiary profit-driven Michelle Rhee. None are school teachers. They pontificate from a fly-over altitude, not in the trenches.

By contrast, in the trenches with real children were Dawn Hochsprung and Mary Sherlach, Sandy Hook administrators who charged the shooter immediately after his AR-15 assisted break-in through the secured door. They paid with their lives from their up close and personally lethal encounter.

Also dead are Rachel D’avino, a behavioral therapist, teacher Lauren Rousseau, and Anne Marie Murphy, classroom aide who cradled little Dylan Hockley in her arms as they both died.

The teacher in the 1st grade classroom was Victoria Soto. According to the New York Times, Gary MacNamara, the chief of the Fairfield Police Department said Ms. Soto had “pushed children into a closet and allowed other kids to escape” before she herself was killed.

To honor these martyrs, the next time the teacher haters, representing any group with any political slant, rev up in 2013 with proposed legislation, join us in calling them exactly what they are. WBI supports teachers.

Let’s not be turned against teachers, as a group or profession, according to anyone’s agenda.

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“The teachers and the principals were absolutely heroic. So were the others, who were in lockdown, and kept their kids calm and quiet in what had to be a traumatizing fear. I don’t think it is possible, if one was not that in that situation, to understand the depth of the heroism of teachers who put themselves in the line of fire to save children,” said Randi Weingarten, sobbing as she spoke, in a phone interview with Working in These Times on Wednesday night. “This has kind of pulled the curtain away to show who teachers really are. Teachers’ instinct is to serve, to protect and to love. And you saw that in full view in Newtown this week. This is who teachers are. If we were in the same position, we would do the same thing; I hope that I would do so.”

Randi Weingarten is the president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).

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WBI Podcast 30: Optimism to stop mass murders & workplace bullying

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

Could America be poised to address mass murders after the Sandy Hook school massacre? Optimism abounds that a “tipping point” has been reached. If so, the same may be true for workplace bullying.

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