OurBullyPulpit.com breaks down barriers to embrace and encourage new voices and alternative approaches in combatting the devastating impact of workplace bullying. The power of this initiative taps into today’s transmedia and new media interactive and participatory strategies highlighting a fresh dialog of ideas that create a virtual repository of credible and diverse information for journalists, practitioners, legislators, researchers and victim/targets. In today’s hotly polarized discourse it is more important than ever that advocates of this issue evolve and support the same ethical leadership and civil discourse, free of a monetary or proprietary agenda, that we demand of businesses. Site visitors are encouraged to add information and links to public domain “wiki” pages embedded in this site.
Our New Initiative
This interactive Internet-initiative brings together three powerful websites to create a rich and ever-growing repository of information, videos, testimonials and resources to help inform journalists, educators, practitioners, legislators and victims/targets about the tragic impact of workplace bullying. My goal is that others will take over and allow this digital clearing house to evolve as changes are adapted in the work environment. I will never forget the isolation and shame I felt when I was caught in the wake of a bullying boss. So, I am donating my time, expenses and energy to create this open project in the hopes that others can find some comforting information.
[More information about what’s on this site…]
- Thank you NBC For Deleting Workplace Bullying Scene From “The Office”! (bullyinworkplace.com)
- Is THE OFFICE taking on workplace bullying? (bullyinworkplace.com)
- Canadian Expert Says Companies Who Condone Workplace Bullying Are Short-Sighted (bullyinworkplace.com)
- Who Knows What You Say About Your Bully Boss Online? (bullyinworkplace.wordpress.com)
DEC 7 2010 I SERIOUSLY TRIED TO COMMIT SUICIDE AFTER 5 MONTHS OF EMOTIONAL BULLYING BY RADIOLOGY TECHS, ONE NURSE AND EVENTIALLY THE DIRECTOR, ASST DIRECTOR, NURSING SUPERVISOR, HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT (THE MANAGERIAL BULLYING WAS DIRECTLY RELATED TO POOR MANAGEMENT AND THERE NEED TO COVER IT UP. HR IS NOT YOUR FRIEND OR ADVOCATE THEY ARE THERE TO COVER UP AND VICTIMIZE YOU AGAIN. I WAS EMOTIONALLY ABUSED. YOU CANNOT BE A PATIENT ADVOCATE OR YOU WILL PAY MY PRICE. YOU WILL BE SHUT OUT, STARED AT AND NOT SPOKEN TO. IF YOU ARE SPOKEN TO IT WILL BE IN A NASTY HATEFUL VOICE. UNFORTUNELY, IN MY CASE IT WAS 3 PRIMARY PEOPLE AND I WAS THE THE FOURTH IN AN INCLOSED LEAD LINED AREA. I COULD NOT COME UP AGAINST ONE WITHOUT ALL 3 AND NEEDLESS TO SAY BENDING THE TRUTH WAS THE LEAST OF IT. SABATOGE OF PATIENT CARE.
HUMILIATED IN FRONT OF PATIENTS. HIPPA VIOLATIONS ANDM
I was deeply moved by your post and trust that over the past year you have been able to find strong support from individual counselors etc to help you through this type of emotional toll.
The EXTREME Bully boss is a nightmare and a disgrace to all humanity. They are truly mentally disturbed, period. My daughter just recently got fired from a large pharmaceutical packing plant after 4 1/2 years. She and I were Co-Whistle Blowers to OSHA, based on TONS of workplace violations, and never admitting to the 150+ employees that they were handling HAZARDOUS DRUGS! The only “came clean” after we filed our OSHA complaint. Even then, it was a very quiet admission, at the back of a dull, routine Memorandum signed by the VA director (YES, VA DIRECTOR!) The only information about the hazardous drugs in the workplace came from a blog I started
[blog does not exist anymore] just before Thanksgiving. Visit our blog to get some sad stories of the employees there.
Since then, we’ve had over 5,500 page views and alot of new stories coming out every day about the intimidation in the office. It is SICKENING to see how management, corporate and local, just look the other way.
It helps to know that I’m not alone in suffering the pain of workplace bullying, but that doesn’t help with how to STOP it! I’ve been to Personnel many times! They’ve asked me, “Do you think he is bipolar?” “Do you think he’s having a nervous breakdown?” No, but I’m about to! I am being forced to retire early because I can no longer stand the physical and emotional pain. He has made it abundantly clear he doesn’t want me around and reminds me of it on a daily basis. My co-workers have reported how badly he treats me, but nothing changes. It’s not right.
I do hope that you will reach out to find help from counselors or lawyers for guidance so that you can understand better/what you are dealing with and how best to move forward. Warm thoughts your way…
I fully understand the pain of being bullied out of a job due to a sick, mean-spirited boss.She deserves to be stuck with herself for the rest of her life; thre is no better punishment. Even though [name deleted] tried to ruin my life, I have grown stronger in every area of my life. When her boss, [name deleted], refused to stop her from bullying me and allowed her to continue bullying me at the expense of myself, other employees, and numerous patients, in order to protect his bully for some inexplicable reason. The human resources people did absolutely nothing to help or intervene whatsoever. Even with meticulous documentation and witnesses to physical and mental harm [she] caused me, other staff, patients, and others, [he] never once called her on her behavior. In fact, [he] did his best to silence me by getting rid of me with false accusations: he accused me of stealing a camera when I never did that. The camera was in the cupboard the whole time and I have witnesses!
I used to work for a bully boss [name deleted by moderator] and found that her boss [name deleted by moderator], the head of human resources, thought that the bully boss could do no wrong. It was a no win situation, I was stuck working in a sick work environment with two major bullies. [She] made up lies and terrorized me. [She] harmed staff and patients, and no one ever stopped her. [He] protected Kathleen no matter how terrible she was to others. I blame [her] for trying to ruin my life and she was responsible for patients getting intentionally burned. [He] was informed and yet refused to step in and stop her from harming people. Both of these people are still harming others with physical and mental abuse to this day and have gotten away with it with many employees. I have found out from talking with others in the community that this has been going on for twenty years!
I could not play more than parts 1 and 2 of the video on the late Mr. Morrison. How can I play the other parts?
Hi, I am in the process putting together the last touches of the interactive website that will house the documentary before rolling out the rest of the documentary. We are very excited about using HTML5 to help raise awareness and the level of dialog on this topic.
I work at a “place” of higher learning. If anyone has read “The Lucifer Effect”…I believe this is what is happening. We no longer have people who even entertain the thought of being ethical, insightful, or at the very least maybe retain just a little bit of humanity. I have been fortunate to be blessed to work in a church as a secretary, in the business world and now in academia. In each of these areas there is a common thread…greedy, arrogant, and completely devoted to themselves. Does that sound harsh? I like to think it of it as making myself very clear. I started working when I was 16 and a couple of months ago I reached my 60’s. I’ve worked in jobs where I was sexually harassed, peer bullied (12 people), an embezzler, an arrogant associate pastor who lost his compassion for his fellow man and now I am working with professors. I have to say, over the years the bullying has become ruthless. The group of academics I am dealing with now use the tricks of overload them with work, then scold them and shame them because it isn’t done. But the best stunt was, I had my performance review in January. He rated me on her “opinion” (her being one of his favorite students that he brought back and hired)…not job performance. I rebutted saying I don’t work for her. I havent work for her for 2 years. He said I know, she says she can’t work with you. My reply…”How does she know…she hasn’t tried!” His ridiculous reply: “She can tell!” Then they began to remove things from my office. I changed the locks. So somehow they were able to hack my computer…read my stuff…erase some things…plant other things. (Does this sound like a horrible nightmare. You bet.) Then they accused me of burglarly and had the police after me. The police took me downtown to be questioned and they searched my house…FOUND NOTHING. The real thief was caught, it was the night watchman. Did anyone apologize? What do you think?
I have attempted suicide 3 times…, but how many pills does a person have to take anyway! I took the whole bottle, and here I am. I’ve been hospitalized. When I went back to work, the professor actually seemed upset I survived. I have talked to local people for help, I have talked to the college HR for help, the college human rights, and went so high as to talk to my congressman…NOTHING, NOTHING has been done. Like that woman in the video when she said…”Does he look like a bully?” YES…he could. Very easily. People do not believe it is real. They think, well, no job is worth it. How come it’s the victims fault? So even after we are gone, we are still being kick around and oh, the poor bully. Give me a break. What is going on is just like that gal that could not get anyone to do anything about her police officer husband who was basically beating her to death.
It took her being observed by another police officer watching while he beat her until she almost died and he did nothing. Nor did the neighbors. People don’t understand how covert this is. I’m going to end with this…one of the profs involved in the bulling situation is a well known author of teaching students and teachers how to deal with “Bullying!” He has spoken all over the US and in Europe!
Time to change the people that shun
Change the things which have been done
Can things be changed, done by Anyone
Learn from the stone being cast around
Take the time lay stones on the ground
Who’s that I see? demanding a pound
Gripping a stone to cast once again
Lots of damage feeling the pain
If I tell you, will you refrain
Probably not so what’s one to do
Work on myself see what is true
Please take the time, sit in a pew
Stop asking the question what’s wrong with people
They tend to back off, when facing the steeple
Reach out my friend, be like the sepal
Time to ask myself without fear
Find the courage, to seek what is clear
Try not to look at life with a sneer
Know what I see may pretend not to say
Sometimes you have to at the end of the day
We’re only human, sometime we stray
Just a defence developed when spun
That’s where I think it may have begun
has nothing to do, with you Anyone
By Ronald Kent
Today it seems that we throw a lot of pebbles around, each eventually adds up to a ton. These pebbles are thrown just for a laugh or to gain popularity points by someone. The human mind is fragile and needs compassion to give it strength. The people throwing the pebbles know full well the outcome of their actions; it’s the disregard for their actions that’s even more disturbing, just pressing send doesn’t give you a free pass to demoralize another person.