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Oct 30 2014

Bullying in the Workplace? Half the Time the Bully Is the Boss

Bully BossBy Brian O’Connell

Office bullying is a serious problem, with 35% of U.S. employees reporting being targeted by a bully — that’s 54 million workers overall.

Stacy Tye-Williams, an assistant professor of communications studies and English at Iowa State University, has taken a look at the problem and says it’s even more serious for a simple reason: Victims often don’t report instances of workplace bullying.

“Many of the participants felt no one would believe them, or they were afraid of being labeled as a big cry-baby or a whiner, so they didn’t tell a manager or someone else in the organization,” Tye-Williams says. “When you experience serious trauma in the workplace, it’s difficult to explain to people what is happening to you.”

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Oct 29 2014

5 Signs You’re Being Bullied at Work

bullied at workBy Amelia Harnish

The social rules of the workplace are a pretty complicated balancing act: You have to be friendly and likeable, while remaining professional at all times. You need your boss to like you, but you don’t want your co-workers to think of you as a suck-up. You often have to navigate generational and cultural divides, and still get things done. And because you want to keep your job, the last thing you want is to be the person causing trouble.

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Oct 28 2014

NZ: Big Rise in Workplace Bullying Complaints

Stuff.co.nz logoBy Shane Cowlishaw

Bullies are being flushed out of the workplace, with a surge in cases since new guidelines to tackle the problem were introduced earlier this year.

Employment lawyers and academics agreed there had been a sharp increase in people raising bullying grievances since WorkSafe New Zealand issued the guidelines in February.

Although a rise had been predicted, it had been far greater than anyone expected, they said.

The guidelines, which identify different types of bullies and bullying, were an attempt to provide clarity around the issue, which was estimated to cost the country hundreds of millions of dollars a year.

The most recent Survey of Working Life by Statistics NZ revealed 10 per cent of employees had experienced discrimination, harassment or bullying at work in the previous 12 months.

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Permanent link to this article: http://workplaceviolence.org/nz-big-rise-workplace-bullying-complaints-2/

Oct 27 2014

Stop workplace bullying: The abuser is on the payroll

St. Louis Post-Dispatch Twitter logoBy Stefanie Williams

October is designated as National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month to raise awareness of bullying, as it was historically viewed as a school problem. Bullying doesn’t end on the playground.

As a human resources professional and a victim of workplace bullying myself, I can tell you that workplace bullying is more common than you may think. In so many ways, the workplace bullying resembled the same similarities I went through in several abusive relationships. Constantly looking over my shoulders feeling trapped in a hostile work environment with nowhere to turn. Sitting on the side of my bed feeling sick to my stomach on Sundays dreading to go to work on Monday.

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Oct 24 2014

How to Deal with Toxic People and Office Bullies

Bully with boxing gloves

You know the type. It’s the colleague who seems to have a cloud of negativity not just above them, but all around them. They get satisfaction from causing problems or making people angry. They bring stress to any situation. They’re toxic. And, just like office bullies who defy workplace norms, they’re hard to escape.

Dealing with poisonous people and negotiating with bullies are topics LinkedIn Influencers weighed in on this week. Here’s what two of them had to say.

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Oct 23 2014

Why the Office Bully is Getting Promoted

Workplace BullyBy Lisa Evans

You may have thought you’d escaped bullying when you traded the school yard for the office, but according to the Workplace Bullying Institute, 27% of Americans are still experiencing bullying in the workplace.

Instead of being shoved in a locker or having your head dunked in the toilet, workplace bullying is non-physical, yet still as emotionally harmful. The Workplace Bullying Institute defines workplace bullying as any form of verbal abuse, job sabotage, intimidation, or humiliation.

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