Workplace bullying is a global problem affecting all professions and sectors. This overview examines the range of legislation already in place to address bullying as well as laws we can expect to see enacted in the near future.
Like anything poisonous, a toxic workplace can quickly make you sick. So is your workplace toxic? What about your boss or your co-workers? And if you think you're caught in a toxic workplace, what can you do about it?
Aggressive managers who blame others when things go wrong are more likely to get promoted than managers who feel guilty and accept responsibility for failure.
Before we start to pick holes in others, we need to look at ourselves first. That's why managers whose attitude is, "this is who I am, deal with it" are so toxic, and why the higher up the ladder they climb, the worse the fall-out can be.
Do you sacrifice your health, ethics and conscience by tolerating a toxic workplace? It's just not worth it. As Janis Joplin said, "don't compromise yourself. It's all you've got."
Manfred Kets De Vries
Workplace bullying is a silent epidemic that causes a host of psychological and physical health problems. So why is addressing the problem and stamping out bullying such an uphill battle for everyone involved?
Manfred Kets De Vries
Identifying with an aggressor is a basic strategy for human survival. But in the workplace, such behaviour is destructive and needs to be called out.
The Miami Dolphins' clumsy response to incendiary harassment and bullying allegations is a lesson for every organization in how not to handle similar conflict situations and a reminder; too, of what you risk if you ignore workplace bullying.
We don't hear much about negative team behavior in remote teams because it seldom takes the form of overt bullying. Sure, people may berate each other on conference calls, but often the most pervasive and insidious behavior is aggressive, purposeful and destructive silence.
Kowtowing to bullies is both morally and pragmatically wrong, as the pitiful decisions made by "kiss up, kick down" managers keep proving again, and again, and again.
Have you ever secretly thought that a colleague – or even your boss – behaves like a psychopath? Well you may well be right.
Violence at work, ranging from bullying to sexual harassment and even murder, has reached epidemic levels in some countries, according to a new report by the International Labour Organisation.
Bullies use a wide range of subtle tactics and behaviour to intimidate colleagues at work, but victims' torment is being made worse by endless rounds of organisational change as well as ineffective action by employers.
Anita's CEO is an arrogant bully who makes life for most of her staff a living hell. Staff turonover is sky high, yet no-one seems able or willing to deal with her. So short of quitting herself, is there anything Anita can do?
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What is it that makes millions of people around the world, regardless of national culture, afraid of their bosses? The answer is that our workplaces are unwittingly designed to produce fear - and because all bosses are, by definition, dictators.
Far too many organisations are stuffed with sycophants prepared to overlook anything shady, illegal, or unethical as long as they are getting to hang around and share some power. Even if that means pandering to a corporate psychopath.
Some people are never taught how to make good choices. Either they are directed to make choices that others want them to make, or they are forced to make instinctive choices in the face of weak or absent significant relationships.
James Carton asks if the harsh put-down merely deters sensitive individuals, rather than the less talented. It is possible to uphold standards while remaining civil.
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