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Past reflections on workplace bullying and worker dignity

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Especially with over 1,000 articles now posted to this blog, periodically I like to go back and bring to readers’ attentions past pieces that raised common themes. Here are five for your consideration, and you can read each full post by clicking on the title. 1. How workplace bullying bears similarities to domestic abuse (2011) When people ask me if workplace ... Read More »

Bullying at Work: Workplace Mobbing is on the Rise

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Mobbing is “bullying on steroids,” a horrifying new trend whereby a bully enlists co-workers to collude in a relentless campaign of psychological terror against a hapless target. Targets are usually anyone who is “different” from the organizational norm. Usually victims are competent, educated, resilient, outspoken, challenge the status quo, are more empathic or attractive and tend to be women, aged ... Read More »

Bullying at work is unacceptable

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Workplace bullying is legal, but here are 4 ways you can stop it

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Workplace bullying has become more important to employers as it has become more visible. Depending on the study, it is estimated that between 35 percent and 50 percent of the workforce has been subjected to some form of bullying. But how is bullying defined? The literature that exists (and it is relatively recent literature at that) defines workplace bullying as ... Read More »

Workplace Bullying: pervasive and often ignored

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We all remember the bullies we encountered in school – verbally, and sometimes physically, intimidating, mean spirited, sarcastic, and cruel. We sigh with relief that those days are behind us. But are they? It might depend on where you work and for whom and with whom you work.. Unfortunately, workplace bullying is pervasive and not yet adequately addressed. There are ... Read More »

Bullying at work: Hard to define, even harder to ban

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FORTUNE — In 2013, Congress had one of its least productive years ever, with the number of bills passed reaching historic lows. In part, states and local legislatures have made up for the slack on the national level. This was particularly the case on issues related to the workplace. State and local governments across the U.S. passed bills on the following ... Read More »

Bullying – The Second Original Sin

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No one deserves to be bullied. A power imbalance is found at the heart of the bullying dynamic. Children and youth who are marginalized in our society may be at high risk for victimization, which can lead to involvement in bullying. Adults responsible for children and youth need to be aware of these power imbalances so they can work to ... Read More »

Consequences of Workplace Bullying

Consequences of Workplace Bullying   People are assets to be invested in, and when they break down so does efficiency, loyalty, quality, and customer service. When people are excited about their jobs and enjoy the people they work with, you have a self-sustaining system that reinforces performance and gives you the competitive advantage. According to scholars at The Project for Wellness ... Read More »

Tactic of Workplace Bullying

Tactic of Workplace Bullying There are many factors that contribute to workplace bullying. There are a variety of reasons why a person may bully another person in the workplace. These reasons may include: Power A person may use their position of power or their physical dominance over those who are perceived to be weaker. The bullying is often dependent upon the ... Read More »

The Burden of Bullying

The Burden of Bullying Bullied employees waste between 10 and 52 per cent of their time at work. Research shows they spend time defending themselves and networking for support, thinking about the situation, being demotivated and stressed, not to mention taking sick leave due to stress-related illnesses. Bullies poison their working environment with low morale, fear, anger, and depression. The ... Read More »