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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Oct 22 2014

Arresting Domestic Violence at Work

domestic violenceBy Suzanne Bowness

If the now-infamous video of Ray Rice hitting his then-fianceé in a hotel elevator has renewed attention on domestic violence, public outrage over the National Football League’s poor handling of the situation has put the spotlight on how employers respond to such allegations. Yet many organizations have no formal policies to help employees who are the victims of domestic violence or to deal with those who are accused of it.

According to those who work with victims of domestic violence, it’s vital that employers take steps to protect employees from such abuse and deal quickly with those who are accused of it. The best approach, they say, starts with educating employees about the risk factors and warning signs of domestic abuse, establishing clear policies and procedures to deal with both victims and the accused, and reaching out to community agencies for assistance.

Read More: The Globe and Mail Opens in a New Window | Educational Resources for Domestic Abuse

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Oct 21 2014

What Can Managers Do to Address Workplace Bullying?

safe place signBy Padmaja Ganeshan-Singh

According to a 2011 survey by the Society for Human Resource Management, 51 percent of organizations surveyed reported that there had been incidents of bullying in their workplace. In addition to creating a hostile work environment, bullying affects both victims and witnesses, contributing to continued absences, poor health, self-esteem issues, stress, trauma, and depression — of which makes it harder for people to do their best work. Here’s how you, as a manager, can prevent bullying and make your office a healthier, happier environment.

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Oct 20 2014

Are You Being Bullied at Work? Here’s What to Do

depressed employeeBy Padmaja Ganeshan-Singh

If you’re having trouble motivating to go to work in the morning, you might hate your job — or your might be the victim of workplace bullying. Anyone can be a bully at work, whether it’s a boss or a co-worker or a client. If you’re a target, it’s important to recognize your situation and respond appropriately, in order to minimize the damage to your psyche and career.

So how do you know you are being bullied? Here are some of the tell-tale actions of a bully.

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Oct 17 2014

Workplace Bullying Victims Share Their Stories

workplace bullyingBy Josh Cable

No one expects to go to work and feel as though they’re back on the school playground. Sadly, though, bullying is common for many workers. Approximately 54 million workers, or 35 percent of U.S. employees, are targeted by a bully at some point in their careers, according to the Workplace Bullying Institute.

Even more tragic is the fact that many victims of workplace bullying suffer in silence.

Stacy Tye-Williams, an assistant professor of communications studies and English at Iowa State University, wanted to hear the stories of victims who haven’t reported their instances of workplace bullying. She found their narratives shocking and heartbreaking, and often disjointed and hard to follow.

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