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September 2015

Monica Lewinsky Launches New Anti-Bully Campaign

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Monica Lewinsky is also taking a stand against bullying.  The 42 year old Strategic Advisor and Ambassador for Bystander Revolution, announced her new anti-bully campaign via People magazine on Tuesday, September 29.

Lewinsky is partnering with celebrities such as Michael J. Fox, Olivia Wilde, Salma Hayek, Alan Cumming, Lily Collins, Rashida Jones and Jamie Lee Curtis to launch her anti-bully campaign and provide a series of informative messages, as well as tips for victims of bullying on social media.  The program, titled Month Of Action, aims to release daily anti-bullying messages all throughout the month of October on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr.  People who have signed up through the Bystander Revolution website, will also receive the same messages through email and text.

Lewinsky experienced bullying and has suffered for years after the 1998 Clinton scandal.  She was a young intern then and was called several nasty names, once news of the scandal broke.  In a previous interview, Lewinsky recounted how she lost her dignity and reputation in 1998.  She also shared how she even thought of committing suicide then because of all the bullying.  It was definitely a trying time for Lewinsky given the negative feedback and criticisms she faced even years after the scandal.

To learn more about her anti-bully program, click here.

Bully surgeons in Australia watch out! Serious offenders will be referred to police

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Australia’s medical community may soon be flooded with calls and complaints about bully doctors and surgeons, following recent studies and reports about bullying, sexual harassment and the harsh culture in the medical field.  Given the alarming number of bullying victims among doctors, the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons employed the expertise of an advisory group to further study the issue and provide recommendations on how to address workplace bullying.

In a research conducted by the expert advisory group, survey data showed that 54 percent of surgical trainees said they recently experienced being bullied, wherein most of them are women and people new to the profession.  Even highly tenured doctors were not exempt from workplace bullying, since 31 percent of the respondents said they were bullied.  As for women, the survey indicated that 6 out of 10 women were bullied, while 3 in 10 experienced sexual harassment.

Graeme Campbell, Vice President of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, are now calling on victims to speak out about their experiences, even if the bullying is at its early stages. This way, he said, bully doctors would be dealt with “relatively informally in an educational way.”  Campbell added that many of the alleged work place bullies would likely be good people who may need to be mentored or given feedback about their behavior. However, Campbell warned that serious offenders will be reported to the police, the Medical Board of Australia, or an equal opportunity commission.

To learn more about the results of the survey and the college’s plan to address the issue, click here.

Blog post series helping nurses to fight workplace bullying

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Workplace bullying can happen to anyone and across various industries.  In the medical field, nurses are also subjected to bullying, not only by doctors but by fellow nurses as well.  The issue is fast becoming a major concern, according to Elaine Foster, Ph.D., R.N., Associate Dean of American Sentinel’s graduate nursing programs.  It also affects the nurses’ satisfaction about their job, as well as patient safety.

To help address fight workplace bullying, the American Sentinel University will release a four part blog post which will tackle the subject and introduce strategies to resolve being bullied in the work place.  This is timely, given findings that Marie Claire reported which stated that around 85 percent of nurses has experienced verbal abuse from a fellow nurse.   Experts also estimated that 1 in 3 nurses have considered quitting their jobs because of work place bullies.

The first blog post was already released on September 21 and will run through until October 13.

To read more about the article, click here.

Bully victim shares her story, hopes it will inspire others to speak up

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For victims of workplace bullying, talking about their experience can be very difficult and challenging.  Bully victims are afraid that sharing their story will affect their reputations, while others still feel humiliation over becoming a target of a bully.

Unfortunately bullying is becoming prevalent in workplaces.  Data from the Workplace Bullying Institute indicated that 27 percent of Americans were bullied in the workplace.  This accounts for 37 million employees, wherein 60 percent of the time, the target of workplace bullies were female workers.

Despite these numbers, some companies have yet to address the issue of workplace bullying. Research showed that less than 20 percent of organizations are committed to stop the bullying or abusive conduct at work. Apart from this, laws covering bullying and discrimination are only deemed illegal if the victim can show that the abuse covered factors such as gender, age, race, religion, national origin and physical disability.

This is the reason why Marisa Wong, a bully victim, decided to share her story.  She gained the courage to speak up about her experience given the results of Ellen Pao’s discrimination case with Kleiner Perkins.  Wong even admitted that until now, she still feels shame, weakness and defeat over what happened.  This was what pushed her to tell her story so that more people will know how detrimental bullying can be.

To read Marissa Wong’s story, click here.

What do I do if my boss is a bully?

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Not all employees will have the pleasure of dealing with a fair and inspiring boss.  Sometimes, workers will have the bad luck of having to deal with a mean manager or supervisor.  If you think you have a really bad one, don’t fret, you’re not alone.  According to research, up to 65 million Americans experienced being bullied at the workplace at some point in their professional life.

For brave ones, the first thing that comes to mind when subjected to workplace bullying would be to confront the bully boss.  For other victims, they would rather avoid confrontations and hope for less negative dealings with the mean manager.  However, licensed therapist, coach and behavior change expert Melody Wilding said that this approach will only result to victims further hurting themselves.  Wilding cautioned that taking your workplace bullying problems home and venting about it may feel good, but over time, the negative feelings will eventually impact a person’s mental and emotional health.  It can also sometimes lead to depression and anxiety.

So instead of griping about it to a friend or a partner, the best thing to do is to make a plan and prepare.  Being able to do so will help a bullying victim manage a difficult situation better. Trying to keep your cool, being less emotional and taking the professional high road will help when that dreaded confrontation or discussion happens.  Also, remember to keep track of the instances when the bullying happened.  This will be critical when you reach the point wherein you’ll need to forward the concern to human resources.

To learn more about dealing with a mean boss, click here.

Bad Economy and Modern Workplaces are Breeding ‘Ruthless’ Bullies

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Nearly every organization is striving hard to remain on top of competition or to stay afloat in today’s challenging economy. But given the uncertainty and fluctuations in the global economy, it has also created the perfect conditions for workplace bullying to become ‘ruthless,’ according to an expert.

Linda Crocket, Executive Director of Alberta Bullying Research, Resources & Recover and workplace bullying expert, said that employees nowadays are worried about company cutbacks, as well as fears that they may lose their jobs. These thoughts are creating an environment that is filled with “paranoia and competition,” explained Crocket, wherein people are becoming more “ruthless” in order to get what they want. The worrying thing is that most of these ruthless employees are getting away with their behavior.

Moreover, these ruthless employees turn into work place bullies. However, some of the bullying may not be as evident as one would think. In extreme cases, it may involve shouting, harassment or physical confrontations. Although, at times, it’s in the simple or common things such as excluding a co-worker or a subordinate from an email communication or probably a meeting.  What’s apparent is that the competition and high levels of stress in the workplace increases the chances of bullying to happen in the organization.

To read more about the subject, click here to read the full article.

Workplace Bullying Victims Need Time to Heal

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Being a target of a bully is never a fun experience.   It often leaves emotional and mental scars on the victims, and sometimes, also results to physical pain.  Overcoming these feelings of humiliation, and at times depression, can be a very challenging journey.    So how and where do you start?

Michele Rosa, a certified chaplain and a former workplace bullying victim, set out to find a way to heal from the hurtful experience.  In a retreat style event that Rosa organized last year which tackled healing from being bullied at work, she identified some strategies which worked for her and the event participants.

During the retreat, the group opted to focus on healing and forgiveness.  They didn’t dwell too much on going through the painful memories of workplace bullying, or dissecting the situation, or even finding a solution to the problem.  What helped was that they were able to tell their stories and express their feelings to someone that they know would understand.  Rosa said that building that connection is an important aspect for a victim to start healing.

Apart from having someone that workplace bullying victims can talk to, it’s also important to learn how to forgive and to let go.  What’s also critical is that the victims should not blame themselves for being in that negative and abusive situation.

Click here to find out other tips on how heal from workplace bullying.

Survey Shows that 1 in 3 Employees Are Victims of Workplace Bullying

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Some people may think that they would only encounter bullies at school or in the playground, however, bullying happens everywhere.  This can also happen at the workplace and a new survey indicates that 1 out of 3 employees become victims of work place bullies.

The latest findings came from a survey conducted by Office Team, which polled around 300 office employees.  Dora Onyschak, branch manager at Office Team’s Woodbridge office, also shared that their study indicated that managers are aware that workplace bullying is happening in the organization.  About 27 percent of surveyed Human Resources managers said that they think office bullying is happening in their workplace, said Onyschak.

Another interesting information from the survey showed that employees who were bullied at work opted to confront the bully about his or her negative behavior.  This is admirable and a little bit difficult to do since it may sometimes backfire on the person.  Confronting bullies would also require a lot of courage on the part of the victim, although in some situations, it may seem easy to do depending on how grave or bad the bullying has been.

However, the survey also indicated that 17 percent of the employees who experienced bullying at work chose to remain quiet and endure being subjected to the negative working environment.  There may be various reasons as to why this happens.  Victims may either be afraid to voice it out or they may feel uncomfortable admitting to a boss about the workplace bullying.

This is one of the reasons why many experts are tackling the subject of work place bullies and their effect on the organization and the employee’s life.  To learn more about the survey results and tips for victims of workplace bullying, click here.

Violence in the Workplace: Companies Should Learn How to Protect the Employees and Organization

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Violence in the workplace may seem like a harsh word to use in a professional setting, however, such scenarios do happen.  Some of these incidents might have even caught the attention of the media or had its share of the spotlight.  Still, majority of these cases are kept within the confines of the company’s office premises, while a few may not even reach the attention of the management or human resource professionals.  What’s definite is that workplace violence affects the moral and productivity of the employees.

Workplace violence covers a broad scope, since it doesn’t only apply to physical aggression, assault or threatening behavior that happens both inside and outside the workplace.  Verbal abuse, harassment and even acts of sabotage would also fall under this category.  Further, these acts are also recognized as specific type of a violent crime.

Interestingly, 16,400 threats are made against American workers on a daily basis, according to the Workplace Violence Research Institute. Apart from this, 43,800 people claim to be harassed every day and 723 report actual attacks.  Data from the U.S. Department of Labor also indicated that from these numerous attacks, there are 750 homicides and 2 million non-fatal victims each year.   The numbers are alarming and companies should take notice of it, so that they will learn how to protect the organization and its employees.

The first step is knowing the different forms of violence between co-workers, the factors that would contribute to workplace violence, as well as its symptoms.  Having clear policies, procedures and programs to address it would also help.

To learn more about workplace violence, the contributory factors and suggested steps to prevent it, click here.