Even though the 2013 report, Civility in America, showed a sharp decline in workplace incivility in the last two years “there has been a 30% increase in Americans reporting they have quit a job because it was an uncivil workplace.” This increase in job shifts is surprising because a similar decline was found by the Workplace Bullying Institute in relationship to more abusive situations; down from 13% in 2007 to just 7% in 2014. Continue reading
My ex-boss was a rainmaker and it wasn’t long before I understood why I was one of a quickly growing list of people to have had that job. I soon found myself undergoing a heart cath procedure because I’d failed multiple tests. It turned out I was actually suffering the side effects of stress and the diagnosis was that I needed to quit my job. I decided to try reasoning with upper management one more time. All I wanted was a transfer back to my old position. I will never forget that day. He readily admitted that I was being horribly abused but then he brought down the hammer. If I thought I had some kind of grounds – I should sue because if I didn’t continue on in that position I was fired. I walked away from that experience keenly aware that fear of litigation on their part may well have protected me.
I’m a filmmaker so I started making short documentaries about victim/targets of workplace bullying. Each video highlighted the impact not just on the target but often for the family. My films allowed me to speak with experts, researchers, legislators, advocates, victims/targets, alleged bullies, business & HR reps, journalists and many others both here in the U.S. and abroad. At the time few people even knew what the term workplace bullying meant. It wasn’t until I made What Killed Kevin (reviewed in the Huffington Post), for which I interviewed the alleged bully boss, that I was able to recognize how subjective and tragic many of these situations can be for everyone involved. Continue reading
How hard is it to protect your employees and bottom line from workplace bullying? One upstate town in New York simply expanded their workplace violence policy. Read this week’s article by Nancy Fischer in the Buffalo News (3/4/14):
City policy on workplace bullying is adopted by Council in North Tonawanda
NORTH TONAWANDA – Bullying has gotten a lot of attention among schoolchildren, but hostile work environments and bullying behavior in the workplace are now being addressed by a bill in the State Legislature.
In advance of the proposed legislation, the North Tonawanda Common Council unanimously adopted its own measure Tuesday, updating its 2009 Workplace Violence Prevention Policy with specific language to address bullying.
The Council did not discuss the policy, but Mayor Robert G. Ortt said after the meeting that bullying is a “real deal” that goes beyond schools, even to the case involving the Miami Dolphins in the National Football League.
“I think if you are going to ask kids to behave a certain way, there’s no reason not to expect adults to behave in the same manner,” Ortt said. Continue reading
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WORKPLACE BULLYING: SEEKING SOLUTIONS
Friday, April 4, 2014: Rutgers School of Law-Newark, 123 Washington Street, Newark, NJ 07102
PART I – EMPLOYERS’ & EMPLOYEES’ PERSPECTIVES [Noon to 3pm]
Featuring: Catherine Mattice, MA, SPHR
Author – “BACK OFF! Your Kick Ass Guide to Ending Bullying at Work”
PART II – WORKPLACE BULLYING: LAW IN NEW JERSEY [3pm to 5pm]
Featuring: NJ State Senator Linda Greenstein
Sponsor – Healthy Workplace Act S280
In Partnership with Rutgers Institute for Professional Education (IPE) and Rutgers Labor and Employment Law Society (2.0 Continuing Legal Education credits)
Brad Holland, Ombudsman at the University of Virginia, advocates for bully free work environments. (from What Killed Kevin interactive documentary)