Oct 06 2015

Making the workplace a safe place

The Knoxville News SentinelBy Khrysta Baig

The phrase “workplace violence” conjures up the image of a gunman spraying bullets, but mass shootings are rare, while workplace violence is more commonplace.

In 2013, 397 people were killed in workplaces. Almost 2 million employees, however, report being the victim of workplace violence each year.

Mass shootings are considered relatively unpredictable, more difficult to prevent and 80 percent involve a perpetrator who is a stranger to the victim.

Workplace violence, however, is more likely to involve a previously known perpetrator, can be more predictable and is far more likely to happen at your worksite.

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Oct 05 2015

You have a right to laws that keep you safe from gun violence

Mass ShootingBy Ethan Zuckerman

For the families and loved ones of those killed at Umpqua Community College, October 1st will be a date indelibly etched into their memories. But those of us not personally affected are unlikely to remember the date for long. That’s because gun violence in the U.S. has become normal. Horribly normal.

Since the shocking killings of 20 elementary schoolchildren and six of their teachers in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, less than three years ago, mass shootings have claimed the lives of college students in Santa Monica, California, and Isla Vista, California, and high school students in Marysville, Washington.

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Oct 02 2015

Workplace bullying hurts your employees and your bottom line

BullyingBy Amy Marcum

Employers who think bullying is mainly about kids in the schoolyard or teenagers on the Internet need only recall the case of former Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin, possibly the most famous victim of workplace bullying to date. His traumatic clubhouse encounters with an aggressive teammate in 2013 resulted in the teammate’s well-publicized suspension and set Martin’s career on a downward spiral.

If a 300-pound football player can be mentally and physically bullied, be assured it could be happening within your organization. And if it is happening, chances are it’s having a negative impact on the company as well as on the affected employees.

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Oct 01 2015

Jealous Bully Boss

unpredictableBy Dr. Lynne Curry

Question: I work in a high-paying job. I don’t want to leave it.

Unfortunately, I work for an irrational, unpredictable, abusive boss. Some days, he makes me feel like I’ll have to give up my soul to stay in this job.

Here are the facts. I’m good at what I do. I produce results. My boss wants me to produce results and also seems to feel jealous when I do. I do the best work I possibly can and think I’ll make him happy and then when others notice I’ve done a good job, he turns his full wrath on me. He stomps and storms and tells me I’m “nothing” and that “everyone laughs their backsides off” because I think I’ve done something well.

I’m normally a brave person but something about him scares me and I don’t want to lose my job. I am becoming like an abused spouse, walking on egg shells, hiding behind my desk and fearing his unpredictable reactions. I keep hoping things will get better but they haven’t. I’m not sure what’s the best road to take is. Help!

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Sep 30 2015

Balancing act: Survey: Workplace bullying is still a problem

Workplace BullyingBy Greg Kratz

The average workday can be tough to navigate for your basic resident of Cubeville. You’ve got to push through seemingly endless meetings, only some of which appear to have a point. You have to deal with office politics, which can change so rapidly that it makes your head spin. And while you hopefully have time to do meaningful work each day, you’ll also spend time on mundane tasks such as reconciling expense reports. While some of these daily challenges are definitely not fun, they’re usually manageable, and they’re an expected part of an office job. What is less manageable, and should never have a place in any work environment, is bullying. And yet it continues to be a problem.

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Sep 29 2015

New study examines how bullying by bosses emerges

stressed employee and bully bossBy William G. Gilroy

As anyone who has experienced it will attest, dealing with a boss who acts abusively can be a very difficult and confusing experience. However, the process by which such behavior emerges has received little attention from researchers. A new study by researchers Charlice Hurst, Ken Kelley and Timothy Judge from the Department of Management at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business and Lauren Simon of Portland State University is the first to examine bullying behavior by bosses in terms of supervisor/employee relationship over time.

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