Gov’t Agency Addresses Bullying To Create “Violence-Free Workplace”

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Can we protect workers from bullying? One federal agency is trying…

WARNING: How We Discuss Bullying Can Make Things Worse

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How we talk about bullying and the bully label can do more harm than good.

Can You Sue Your Bully Boss? Maybe…

Here’s an article by Jon Rehm of the Nebraska law firm, “Rehm, Bennet & Moore” who starts by saying  “if you are being bullied at work, you should document the bullying, try to constructively confront the bully and speak with HR if the bullying continues. If bullying is persistent, you should also consider looking for other employment.” Rehm poses possible solutions on how to deal with workplace bullying from a legal perspective.  Lots of interesting information…especially #2

We Know Bullying When We See It – or do we?

One of the problems with subtler claims of workplace bullying is the difficulty in determining who did what to whom, why and what to do about it.  Here’s an article out of Australia that highlights just how complicated perception can be: An underperforming Canberra public servant was “bullied” by having her work problems addressed in private meetings with her superior, a Commonwealth tribunal has found. The Administrative Appeals Tribunal says that the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) was “insensitive” to the worker’s issues and “humiliated” her by holding one-on-one… Read More

Getting Along With Co-Workers 1950s Style

Years ago when I made my first documentary on the topic of workplace bullying & harassment I found the old training film for secretarial schools posted below.  In it a young-ish woman is about to take her first clerical position.   No one bothered to mention to her that she’d probably be called “girl” “sweetie” “honey” or that her bosses would make rude insinuations she’d have to ignore in order to keep her job.  That enlightenment was still decades away.  Here’s a link to a great resource with  thorough information on sexual… Read More

Must Read Book About Workplace Bullying Legislation

Legislators, journalists, advocates and targets will find this book by Patricia G. Barnes a much needed resource with tons of information about workplace bullying and a special focus on current and possible legislation.  Barnes offers honest critique of the proposed Healthy Workplace Bill and brings a fresh perspective and much needed voice to this effort.  You can, like me,  send a “gift” copy to your state legislator to use as a reference that outlines a variety of approaches to prevent bullying. Barnes is an appellate and trial court judge, a licensed attorney… Read More

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