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WBI Survey: Mediation and Workplace Bullying

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

MEDIATION AND WORKPLACE BULLYING
WBI 2011-D Instant Poll

At WBI, we have always argued against the adoption of mediation or other alternative dispute resolution practices for bullying resolution. The source of our resistance is twofold: (1) often the bullied target who is already compromised and often emotionally wounded is mandated to participate, and (2) workplace bullying is a form of violence, non-physical and sub-lethal, but interpersonal violence nevertheless.

Violent relationships cannot be mediated. Mediation requires that both parties are rational and capable of gaining an empathic understanding of the needs and intellectual interests of the other party. In bullying, only one party is rational. The other’s interest is tainted by her or his need to dominate the other party. There is no equal footing at the start. One does not mediate domestic violence. There is no halfway in the gulf between parties when one is under assault by the other.

In a 2011 WBI Instant Poll, 473 respondent/bullied targets completed a survey exploring how effective was mediation.

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Lesson from Lance: Bullies don’t “cheat,” it’s the system

Sunday, January 20th, 2013

High profile self-described bully Lance Armstrong teaches disbelievers much about the bullying process. Follow our series: Lessons From Lance.

The ‘System’ Makes Them Do It

Bullies do not offer themselves voluntarily for scrutiny. Given the fact that the WBI-Healthy Workplace Bill has not yet become law in any U.S. state, most of bullying is legal. Without a law, employers don’t have to have airtight policies to prevent or correct it. So, only about 3% try to do a legitimate job of cracking down on offenders.

That means bullies can harm others with impunity. They face little to no risk of negative consequences. There is a mismatch between the lying, cheating, conniving bully and the fact that nothing bad happens to them. Bullies cheat by stealing ideas, credit for work not done, by gathering personal details about their targets’ lives to use against them later, blaming targets for errors that never occurred, and a host of other nefarious tactics.

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Self-labeled bully Lance Armstrong’s “confession” follows bully’s tradition

Friday, January 18th, 2013

In an interview with Oprah on her show The Next Chapter, spread over two nights — Jan. 17 & 18 — disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong admitted publicly that he used drugs to climb to the top of the racing world. Remarkably, he professed that he had become a “bully.” His words, not ours.

Oprah and Lance Armstrong: The Worldwide Exclusive — First Look

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WBI Survey: How Bullies Select Their Targets

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

HOW BULLIES SELECT THEIR TARGETS
WBI 2012-I Instant Poll

Individuals who are bullied ask themselves, “why me?.” They worry that some personal shortcoming is the reason. This self-defeating logic focuses responsibllity inward. The truth is that no one wakes on a work day with a plan to invite humiliation and torment, nor does anyone deserve it. Some academic researchers (e.g., Tepper) adopt “victim precipitation,” an ideology borrowed from criminology that has been thoroughly discredited. It leads to blaming victims/targets. Bullies may rationalize their actions with “the target made me do it,” but anecdotal evidence from targets and witnesses refute this notion.

This ninth 2012 online survey of 655 respondents was intended to replicate original WBI 2003 findings exploring, from the targets’ perspective, why they were targeted.

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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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