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WWLP 22 News: Bullying in the Workplace

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

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JCPenney’s toxic workplace culture exterminates and color codes employees

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Ron Johnson became JCPenney CEO on Nov. 2011. Since then, he has purged all of the former executives and 1900 corporate HQ employees at Plano, Texas. The company has also cut 19,000 store employees. In his first year, store sales fell 23%. Penney stock shares fell 62% over the past year. So much for his ambitious turnaround plan.

HQ employees loathe and fear him. Now he launches a new plan to eliminate store workers by color code.

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Awareness Training is Actually Employee Validation

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Sometimes the last to know about destructive trends in the workplace are managers and executives. When it comes to workplace bullying, this could not be more true. When employers request that we come on-site to deliver speeches or order our Employee Awareness video, the requester wants employees to “be able to recognize when bullying happens.”

The truth is that employees, especially targets of the bullying, know it all too well. Recognition is one of their problems, but not the main one. They wonder why management doesn’t stop it. And for that we have the video Primer for Managers. The real benefit of “employee awareness raising” is that bullied workers are validated.

We validate these injured workers by demonstrating that they are not alone (the prevalence of bullying is epidemic) and that they did not invite their misery. We also connect the dots for targets to understand how bullying causes them surprising health problems. Finally, validation tells targets that they are not “crazy.” The personality of targets is such that they tend to blame themselves first. Over time, with the combined effects of stress-related health harm and the emotional impact of debilitating anxiety and clinical depression, it’s easy for them to feel destabilized emotionally. Targets deserve to be told that they are injured by the process. Injuries do not equal craziness.

Of course, coworkers blind to the effects of bullying on targeted individuals learn a great deal more than they knew before about the impact on the targets’ health.

So, please continue to provide awareness raising, but please know that it accomplishes much more than what you expected. For doing anything, you rank among the few employers who care enough to act.

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Coverage for “Growing Push to Halt Workplace Bullying” article

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

The original March 1 article written by Sam Hananel of Associated Press was carried by the following news outlets:

Note: Broken links are the result of original sources dropping the content. You can always read the full content at this WBI blog.

ABC News | CBS News | Fox News-The Five | Fox-4-TV Dallas-Fort Worth | WLUK-TV-11 Green Bay | WWLP-TV, Springfield, MA | WKRG-TV-5 Mobile AL | KOMO News Seattle | KSDK St. Louis | KWTX Waco, Temple, Kileen (TX)

The Washington Post | USA Today | MSN | Yahoo News | Yahoo Finance | The Christian Science Monitor | Boston Herald | Seattle Post Intelligencer | San Antonio Express News | San Diego Union-Times | Las Vegas Sun | The Oklahoman | The Olympian (WA) | Free Press Burlington, VT | The Clarion Ledger, Jackson, MS | Journal Gazette & Times-Courier Mattoon, IL | Modesto Bee (CA) | Times Union Albany NY | Times Free Press, Chattanooga, TN | Long Island Business News | The News Journal, Delaware | Times-News Erie, PA | The Spectrum, Southern, Utah | Associations Now | Arizona Republic | The Tennessean | Oswego County, NY Palladium-Times | Toledo Blade | CNY Central | Madison.com | North Jersey Record | Mondaq.com (HR, Canada) | The Columbus Dispatch (OH) | The Detroit News | Logan Banner (WV) | St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)

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WGN Radio 720 Chicago – Mike McConnell Interviews Dr. Gary Namie

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Listen to the March 5, 2013 interview.

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Gary Namie on Workplace Bullying & Unions, Minneapolis April 30

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Bullying in the Public Workplace, a program for Unions
Dr. Gary Namie, WBI Director

Tuesday April 30, 2013 1-4 pm
Hennepin County Bar Assoc, Minneapolis

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WSJ: Woman-on-woman workplace bullying

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

The Tyranny of the Queen Bee
By Peggy Drexler, Wall Street Journal, March 1, 2013

Women who reached positions of power were supposed to be mentors to those who followed—but something is amiss in the professional sisterhood.

Kelly was a bright woman in her early 30s: whip-smart, well qualified, ambitious—and confused. Even a little frightened.

She worked for a female partner in a big consulting firm. Her boss was so solicitous that Kelly hoped the woman—one of just a few top female partners—might become her mentor. But she began to feel that something was wrong. In meetings, her boss would dismiss her ideas without discussion and even cut her off in mid-sentence. Kelly started to hear about meetings to which she wasn’t invited but felt she should be. She was excluded from her boss’s small circle of confidants.

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Misconception: People Bullied At Work Are Weak

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Commonly, the word bullying calls to mind the child in the playground wearing Coke-bottle glasses, being thumped by a bully. This stereotypical weakling has no buddies to come to his rescue. As with all stereotypes, this one is not necessarily true.

In adulthood, the same stereotype depicting targets as weak persists. In fact, employees targeted for repeated, harmful, abusive mistreatment possess many strengths. Targets are known to be technically more skilled than their bully; be better liked; be ethical, honest and principled; and to reject workplace politics. Those personal strengths threaten the seemingly invincible bully. The reality is that bullying behavior masks an afraid-to-be-exposed person.

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WBI Survey topics sought from site visitors

Monday, March 4th, 2013

WBI has conducted 35 studies to date, with 33 reports available here.

We want to know what you would like to have us ask. The people who complete WBI surveys are 98% bullied targets. So, our research is solely from their perspective.

What survey topic would you like to see posted and reported? Comment on the website, please (not FB).

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AP: Growing Push to Halt Workplace Bullying

Friday, March 1st, 2013

Growing Push to Halt Workplace Bullying
by Sam Hananel, Associated Press, March 1, 2013

Margaret Fiester is no shrinking violet, but she says working for her former boss was a nightmare.

“One day I didn’t do something right and she actually laid her hands on me and got up in my face and started yelling, ‘Why did you do that?'” said Fiester, who worked as a legal assistant for an attorney.

Fiester doesn’t have to worry about those tirades anymore, but she hears lots of similar stories in her current role as operations manager at the Society for Human Resource Management, where she often fields questions about the growing issue of workplace bullying.

On-the-job bullying can take many forms, from a supervisor’s verbal abuse and threats to cruel comments or relentless teasing by a co-worker. And it could become the next major battleground in employment law as a growing number of states consider legislation that would let workers sue for harassment that causes physical or emotional harm.

“I believe this is the new claim that employers will deal with. This will replace sexual harassment,” said Sharon Parella, a management-side employment lawyer in New York. “People who oppose it say these laws will force people to be polite at work. But you can no longer go to work and act like a beast and get away with it.”

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