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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
 

Permanent link to this article: http://workplaceviolence.org/arresting-domestic-violence-work/

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.

Read More: PayScale Career News Opens in a New Window | eBook: For anyone being bullied at work
 

Permanent link to this article: http://workplaceviolence.org/can-managers-address-workplace-bullying/

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.

Read More: PayScale Career NewsOpens in a New Window | eBook: For anyone being bullied at work
 

Permanent link to this article: http://workplaceviolence.org/bullied-work-heres/

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.

Read More: EHS Today Opens in New Window | eBook: For anyone being bullied at work
 

Permanent link to this article: http://workplaceviolence.org/workplace-bullying-victims-share-stories/

Oct 17 2014

Workplace Bullying: What Keeps Victims Silent

BusinesNewsDailyBy Chad Brooks

Just because none of your employees have complained to you about being bullied at work doesn’t mean it’s not happening. Many victims of workplace bullying suffer silently out of fear of retribution and because it’s often hard for them to fully explain what is happening and how it started, according to new research recently published in the Management Communication Quarterly.

Read More: BusinessNewsDaily.com | eBook: For anyone being bullied at work
 

Permanent link to this article: http://workplaceviolence.org/workplace-bullying-keeps-victims-silent/

Oct 16 2014

Five Tips on Preventing Workplace Violence

police line do not cross - crime scene tapeBy Phil Bruce

Acts of workplace violence have, unfortunately, become all too common. Workplace violence can include anything from minor physical altercations and threats to tragic and brutal attacks or shootings. For employers, preventing workplace violence can often seem like walking a tightrope between protecting people and avoiding (or defending) a lawsuit.

For example, Phillip Mazaheri recently sued Uber, the provider of a mobile ride-sharing app, when an Uber driver punched Mazaheri in the face, causing serious injuries. Or, when Twila Gaff sued St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center after the hospital fired Gaff for threatening to shoot a co-worker because she believed the co-worker was sexually harassing her. These cases provide examples of lawsuits where the employer was accused of either doing too little or too much. This article gives five tips to help employers walk that fine line.

Read More: EmployerLINC.com
 

Permanent link to this article: http://workplaceviolence.org/five-tips-preventing-workplace-violence/

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