If you think the C-Suite isn’t aware of the havoc abusive bosses heap on their employees, think again. According to the startling results of the 2013 Zogby Survey conducted for the Workplace Bullying Institute just *15% of upper management still clings to the outmoded idea that bullying only happens in schools and playgrounds — and perhaps for those lucky few that’s true. In fact, nearly *70% recognize it is a serious problem. Unfortunately, despite this welcome increase in corporate insight, those of us who have been on the receiving end of abusive behavior can certainly argue that this new corporate awareness is less often reflected in how our complaints are addressed. Clearly it’s time to include enlightened employers in the discussions about prevention of abusive work environments. Here’s how Zogby broke down the survey responses: Continue reading
What type of bystander are you?
Those of us who have been caught in the sites of a bully boss know that the people with the most power to help you are the ones who witness the abuse being heaped on you. Will they risk their own job to stand up for you? Or, will they look for ways to make things worse. In their research article, “When is a bystander not a bystander? A typology of the roles of bystanders in workplace bullying”, Megan Paull, Maryam Omari, and Peter Standen describe the roles and outcomes (positive & negative) that bystanders play. Continue reading
We’re getting ready to build a specific resource here on this site for nurses that is just about workplace bullying. This morning an article was published that reviews the new book, When Nurses Hurt Nurses: Recognizing and Overcoming The Cycles of Bullying. Some of what the author, Cheryl Dellasega, PhD, CRNP, found is shocking for those of us who only meet medical professionals in the examining room.
…73 percent of adult women found workplace bullying to be common or very common. The same women reported that weekly, they are, on average, a bully 1.5 times, a victim of bullying 1.8 times and a bystander to bullying nearly seven times. Dellasega said bullying is often unintentional.
I posted the article to our Facebook discussion group and one of the members said she felt nurses are so focused on caregiving that they don’t fully understand their rights in the work environment. In the article, Dellasega explains how she sees that play out.
“A lot of what I see is due to these long hours,” she said. “That’s just exhausting. By the end of the day, you’re irritable, you’re frustrated, you’re trying to keep your energy up.”
Dellasega said the whole context of the work environment can be part of a dynamic where somebody starts giving you a hard time or doesn’t have the best communication skills or management skills.
“You’re at the end of your energy and tolerance and the situation just sort of explodes,” she said.
Still, much of the bullying, she said, is aimed at new graduates.
“The group of new nurses may get harassed or picked on or aggressed against, but it’s not like that old dynamic of ‘this is part of the hazing initiative that goes on,'” she said
Send emails, post a comment, or join the Facebook discussion to let me know what you’d like to know more about. There’s a wealth of research, surveys, and national articles on this topic. But, most important, we always need personal stories that help those of us outside of your profession understand and give you back some TLC.
The full article by Linda Friedel about Dellasega’s book published on August 9,2011 is available online thru kccommunitynews.com [The Kansas City Nursing News]
Video testimony of a woman who says she left her job in Human Resources because her boss bullied her and her health deteriorated. She now regrets that prior to her own experience an employee had come to her for help but she didn’t understand how devastating workplace bullying can be.
Yesterday I put out a request for input into the expansion and development for our website and what we should focus on and include. A member of the nursing profession asked that we discuss nurses with seniority who bully younger nurses. A few minutes later I came upon this article, DO NURSES STILL “EAT THEIR YOUNG, ” written by Jennifer Olin, BSN, RN. She argues that it’s no longer just newbies that are impacted and has gone so far as to encompass the entire hospital staff.
I began working on a documentary about workplace bullying in 2007. At that time it was next to impossible to “pitch” my project because no one had a clue what I was talking about. Since then things have definitely changed. A simple google search of “workplace bullying” will bring up tons of hits. Add to that “psychological harassment” “toxic workplace” “hostile workplace” and it’s obvious that we’ve finally made it to water cooler conversations. The downside is that most of the coverage is shallow and simplistic and doesn’t really dig deeply into what we need to understand to really combat this issue proactively in our offices. I’m currently developing a new website that will go beyond my current work at NoJobIsWorthThis.com Feel free to leave a message here, on our Facebook group site, or shoot me an email if you have suggestions for what you’d like to see. Lots more discussion about this to come… [firstname.lastname@example.org]