Posts Tagged ‘workplace bullying’

For bullied workers, relief comes from reclaiming control

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

The most recent WBI survey has clearly shown that traditional (employer-compliant) tactics for individuals to solve their bullying problems don’t work — averaging a 97% failure rate. All tactics (confronting, seeking help from HR or the bully’s boss or the owner) lead to retaliation because employers can’t stand the fact that you have made them aware that bullying happens in their place. Bullied targets are messengers of bad news. Never mind that every workplace can be prone to bullying. Shooting the messenger becomes the most important task rather than fixing the work environment that fostered bullying.

The problem with those tactics recommended by “workplace experts” is that all demand acquiescence to another person’s control of your worklife — bully, HR, senior management or owners. The single common thread uniting all bullies, regardless of rank or tactic used, is the personal need to control the targeted individual.


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iVillage: Are You Being Bullied at Work? Here’s What to Do

Friday, April 20th, 2012

No one is too old to be bullied. Find out how to protect yourself

by Jeannette Moninger, iVillage

At first, Deb F. was flattered when a higher-up at a Boston-area university showed an interest in her work. Then things changed. “For no reason, the supervisor badmouthed my work, left me out of important decision-making meetings and assigned my projects to others.” At 31, Deb had become a victim of workplace bullying.


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Sun Sentinel: Palm Beach County teachers charge principals with rampant intimidation

Friday, April 20th, 2012

School district administration vows to investigate claims
By Marc Freeman, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, April 20, 2012

Palm Beach County public school principals are intimidating and harassing teachers in “alarmingly rampant” numbers that pose a serious threat to student achievement, union President Debra Wilhelm says.


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Gary Namie discusses Workplace Bullying on WBEZ 91.5 FM Chicago

Friday, April 13th, 2012

As promised, here is the audio from Dr. Namie’s appearance NPR WBEZ-FM Chicago’s show Eight Forty-Eight with host Tony Sarabia on April 13, 2012.

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The article that goes with it.


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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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