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Holidays: Time of great vulnerability for targets of workplace bullying

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

The majority of workers have trivial decisions to make at work during the holiday season — which dress to wear to the company party, how much or little to drink, how not to get caught having sex on site, etc.

People targeted for bullying, however, can look forward to an increased level of misery.

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Good Samaritan fired by casino manager

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Pond Muony, manager, Lucky Bridge Casino in Pasco, WA fired Jessica Haines for daring to call the police to try to apprehend a man she witnessed beating a woman and driving away. Haines did this after her work shift ended, she had changed clothes, was outside in the parking lot and on her own time.

Muony said Haines did not follow “procedures.” The casino’s website boasts of new management. Way to go Pond! Google search Lucky Bridge Casino and see how the Haines firing has buried the casino’s attempt to have gamblers find it. Fire the manager for creating a public relations disaster.

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Workplace bullying drives Annette Prada, NM gov’t worker, to suicide

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

If exposed long enough to severe workplace bullying, two outcomes become likely. First, the target’s health is jeopardized. Second, unremitting stress can cause loss of the ability to discern and make choices to get oneself to safety due to physiological changes in the brain. The second outcome can lead to suicide. One WBI 2012 study found that 29% of bullied targets considered suicide; 16% actually had a plan to execute.

Annette Prada worked 23 years for a New Mexico state agency, the Public Regulation Commission (PRC) in the Corporations bureau. Her daughter told The New Mexican reporter Staci Matlock that her mother had been dealing with “bullying and stress there for years.” Andre Prada claimed the abuse was verbal, in e-mails and in the form of demotions.

Annette’s daughter repeated the phrase we too often hear here at WBI, that her mother was “only two years away from retirement. She tried to stay strong.” The family confirmed that Annette also had health problems.

Annette disappeared on Thursday Nov. 29. Police told her family that she was found dead.

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Orlando Sentinel: Bullying story resonates with many readers

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Laura Dunavent spoke to me about being a victim of workplace bullying in hopes of encouraging others like her to break their silence and join her campaign for a legal remedy to behavior still outside the reach of the law.

The response to the story exceeded her hopes and opened her eyes.

“Oh, my goodness,” she said. “I knew I was not alone. But who knew it was that bad?”

Dozens of readers commented online, the great majority supporting Dunavent and many offering their own stories of workplace bullying. Another dozen contacted me with emotionally wrenching testimony that I shared with Dunavent.

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CNN: Why telling bullying victims to ‘just fight back’ doesn’t work

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

By Carrie Goldman, CNN, Oct 31, 2012

WBI Note: This article refers to bullying of children. However, earlier in 2012, WBI conducted a study on the effectiveness of various “fight back” strategies people advise bullied targets to adopt. All strategies are dismal failures. Targets don’t fail; institutions don’t allow them to succeed. Read about our study.

(CNN) — Fall is upon us, and that means the school year is in full swing. Along with the stress of homework assignments and extracurricular activities, unfortunately some students bear an additional burden — bullying. October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, pushing the issue to the forefront of the nation’s consciousness.

Educators and legislators are under pressure to prevent bullying, and many schools are implementing programs such as A Classroom of Difference, Steps to Respect and Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports that teach empathy, interpersonal skills and respect for those who don’t fit into the mainstream.

But not everyone agrees with this approach to managing bullying. There are vocal groups of naysayers who believe that focusing on social emotional skills training and urging students to be accepting of those who are different is leading to the weakening of America. They argue that bullying is really a form of socialization, asserting that kids who do not conform to society’s expectations are bringing on their own troubles.

And when a child does end up being bullied, this same group of people advises that the victims should just fight back.

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Orlando Sentinel: Workplace bullying is all too real, victims say

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

By Greg Dawson, Orlando Sentinel, Oct 30, 2012

Laura Dunavent’s voice still quavers when she recalls the darkest chapter of her life.

“I didn’t know what was happening to me. All I knew is it that it made me crazy.”

It wasn’t until after Dunavent, a registered ER nurse, quit her job as a case manager for an Orlando insurance carrier — “so I wouldn’t go out of my mind” — that she discovered a name for the emotional torture she says she experienced at work.

Bullying.

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Fox 31 Denver covers Workplace Bullying

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

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WWLP 22 News: Bullying Cuts Work Productivity in Half

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Here’s a video that serves double duty. Not only does it highlight the great Massachusetts Healthy Workplace Advocates event, “Workplace Bullying: Who are the Aggressors and What Can We Do About Them?”, it sheds light on the phenomenon of workplace bullying and how it hurts both individuals and businesses.

Here’s a link to the original source, with transcript.

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Wanna Be a Workplace Bully for Halloween? Costume advice here.

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012


Halloween has become the new major holiday. Partying adults account for much of the spending after the candy and kiddie costumes. So, maybe you want to be a bully at work in costume this year. What would that look like?

No worries. Come as you are. Bullies are rarely different than most of us. They don’t dress differently. This will save you lots of dough. No special costume required. And only under special circumstances do they think differently. Here’s what I mean.

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Let’s Talk with Kalola: Music Teacher

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

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

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