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Investopedia: Financial impact of workplace bullying

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

By Janet Fowler, Investopedia, July 16, 2012

Society is becoming more aware of bullying in all aspects of our world – everywhere from school to online. We are recognizing that bullying can be found in many different situations. Workplace bullying has also become a more common topic of discussion, with estimates suggesting that somewhere between 25 and 50% of the workforce has been subject to some form of bullying in the workplace. Nearly half of the working population has witnessed it at some point. Workplace bullying can take many forms and is generally intentional.

Workplace bullying can include verbal abuse, intimidation, humiliation and sabotage. These mistreatments are typically not one-time occurrences; they happen over a significant length of time and cause the victim to suffer a loss of self-esteem and possibly even long-term physical or mental health issues. Aside from the damages to the victims of bullying, organizations are finding that workplace bullying costs money as well.

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Why companies must stop office bullying

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

By Suzanne Lucas
CBS MoneyWatch

Everyone knows that employees who are bullied at work are more likely to quit. But a new study from the University of British Columbia shows that it’s not only the victim who is likely to bail — the person’s coworkers are also likely to leave their jobs:

Witnessing or learning about these impacts of workplace bullying is likely to promote empathetic responses. Employees witnessing coworkers being bullied, or merely talking to them about their experiences, are pushed toward taking the targets’ perspective. Such perspective-taking leads one to experience cognitive or emotional empathy, which includes imagining how another feels… or actually sharing in another’s feelings. These empathetic responses can contribute to the understanding that a significant moral violation has occurred and the recognition that the victim does not deserve his or her mistreatment. As a result of this moral uneasiness, bullying at large within a work unit will increase employee intentions to quit their work group

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Abuse at Work: Still not taboo after all these years

Friday, March 15th, 2013

At WBI we define workplace bullying as health-harming. It not only triggers a host of stress-related diseases that compromise the bullied target’s health, in its severest forms, it is another form of interpersonal abuse. Yes, abuse. Not simply eye-rolling as trivializing critics mischaracterize it. Bullying is a non-physical form of workplace violence. A systematic campaign of interpersonal destruction launched by a single instigator and executed by many joiners. It becomes an attack by many against the lone principled and shocked target.

American society reacts oddly to workplace bullying. Those to whom it has happened (35% of adult Americans) do not doubt its seriousness. Those with no experience are inclined to doubt and castigate the victims as somehow deficient. But we can’t wait for everyone to personally experience it before they agree to stop it.

There is precedent that even in the indisputably violent culture that is the U.S. some forms of abuse have been acknowledged to be morally wrong and prohibited — not eliminated — but frowned upon and condemned. They are taboo — not workplace bullying.

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Bullying: The employers perspective

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

At thestar.com, Janice Rubin, a Toronto employment lawyer, explains that “[a]s business owners [and lawyers], we get it.” Janice goes on the give some steps business owners should take to establish healthy, bully-free workplaces.

They include:

Draft a “respect at work” anti-harassment policy
Train employees
Establish an effective investigation process
Make sure hires don’t have a history of problems
Lead by example
Recognize lessons learned

Work Doctor’s Blueprint Services address all of these legal and managerial concerns.

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Workplace Bullying on Fox News — Andrea Tantaros Shines

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

The Five, Fox News Channel, March 5, 2013 hosted by Dana Perino

A panel making insipid such as comments such as “if you are being bullied, you have a JOB!.” However, this is an important TV segment. Four of the five probably represent the American public very well, complaining that bullying can’t be defined, begrudingly knowing that harm can happen, but ultimately defending it as inevitable (or necessary). This is why opposition to stopping bullying at work is strong and widespread. Media fuel the opposition. Watch and learn.

One panelist, Andrea Tantaros, made the most serious comments, showing an understanding that workplace bullying is harmful and that employer actions mean nothing until there is a law (they are discussing the Healthy Workplace Bill). She sits on the far left.

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Let’s Talk with Kalola: NY Nurse

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

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

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AFL-CIO: Workplace Rules to Battle Bullying on the Rise

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

By Kenneth Quinnell, AFL-CIO Blog, March 7, 2013

A number of states are considering legislation that would allow workers to sue for on-the-job harassment and bullying that causes physical or emotional harm. Some employers have already instituted anti-bullying policies, but advocacy groups want a more comprehensive response to what has been a problem on the rise since the economic downturn began. More than a dozen states have considered legislation to combat on-the-job bullying in the past year.

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AGH Employer Solutions Seminar features Workplace Bullying – Wichita April 3

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM (CDT)
Hyatt Regency Hotel, 400 West Waterman Street, Wichita, KS 67202

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Workplace Bullying at Employment Law Conf – Richmond – April 11

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

April 11, 2013, Greater Richmond Convention Center, 403 N. Third Street, Richmond, VA
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CNN & Minn Star Tribune: Teachers targeted by student bullies

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Two articles with downloadable reports about the disturbing trend, and least discussed aspect, of school bullying — students bullying their adult teachers.

Edina Teacher Settles for $100,000, Resigns by: Mary Jane Smetanka, Minneapolis Star Tribune, February 24, 2011

When Teachers Are the Bully’s Target by Stephanie Goldberg, CNN Schools of Thought Blog, March 11, 2013

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