The Office was expected to include a scene highlighting workplace bullying in this season’s season opener. Humor takes broad liberties but this topic didn’t need to enter mainstream television as a trivial joke — far too many of us have suffered the humiliating physical and financial ramifications. But, maybe I shouldn’t be so quick to judge. The deleted clip was dead on in depicting what far too many trainers and experts have fed to the media — the concept that bullying is “intentional” (check out the text on the blackboard). As the dialog and interactions of the cast members show, bullies are often clueless to their actions and the impact of their actions. Here’s the scene – judge for yourself: Continue reading
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]
Have city workers in Norfolk, Virginia find a solution to clean up toxic workplaces. Is this something you can replicate? Maybe, with a little help from your union…
[ABC WVEC.com David Ham full article and video] NORFOLK — A new workplace bullying policy is being developed for nearly 4,000 city employees.
The new policy would include workplace bullying in its harassment policy.
City workers say bullying has been an increasing problem throughout all departments.
“In some cases, supervisors may just have it in for somebody and then they tend to try to find every little thing they can write them up for,” said Jane Bethel, president of NAGE Local 200.
Assistant city manager Melanie Purcell says she’s drafting the new policy to let all employees know what’s acceptable and what’s not acceptable.
“Bullying is characterized by intimidation- both physical and mental intimidation actions that would make someone uncomfortable, and it’s persistent,” said Purcell.
While she’s drafting the new policy, Purcell has suspended all disciplinary actions until each case can be reviewed again.
The new policy is expected to be formally announced to all employees in June.