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Weekly Updates and News Weekly (10/26/20)

Topic of the Week  Workplace Bullying

Bullying isn’t one of those things that ends in grade school. Surveys show that almost 20% of adults say that they have experienced bullying in the workplace, and almost another 20% say that they know someone else who has. Verbal, emotional, or physical workplace bullying can be just as harmful as the bullying that was a common experience for many children; however, with the advancement of technology, workplace bullying, like regular bullying, can also be done electronically through email or social media.

1. What is workplace bullying? 

Workplace bullying typically involves continuous or repeated malicious behavior such as deliberate insults, threats, demeaning comments, constant criticism, overbearing supervision, and profane outburst. It may also include  blatant exclusion, being overworked, or simply not communicating with colleagues. 

More subtle forms of bullying can include withholding or supplying incorrect work-related information, sabotaging projects, passive-aggressive behavior, blocking promotions, providing unclear or contradictory instructions, or requesting unnecessary or tedious work.

2. What does a respectful workplace environment look like?

As an employee, you should be treated with dignity and respect. Employees must also contribute to creating a respectful workplace environment. 

In a respectful workplace, employees and employers communicate openly and fairly with one another, without harassment or discrimination, and attempt to prevent a hostile work environment. There is, however, a fine line between workplace bullying and tough management. Therefore, while evaluating your workplace environment, it is best to keep in mind that all unfavorable actions may not cross the line into workplace bullying. It is enough for your boss or other employers to simply be hard in you or unkind. 

3. What is the difference between bullying and harassment?

 Bullying and harassment are sometimes used as synonyms and treated was words that mean the same thing. It is true that both words are similar and involve intentional actions or words that harm another person, it is also true that there is an important difference is the definitions. 

When bullying is directed as a specific type of person or a protected class of people, then it is called harassment. Additionally, they’re also some violent acts of bullying that qualify as criminal harassment. 

Thought of the Week

“It really is very damaging. It creates a place where you’re just always afraid and you can’t be yourself. People are angry and confused and they’re concerned about their job all day every day—is today the day I’m going to be fired? That’s just no way to live”

–Catherine Mattice Zundel | CEO of Civility Partners

Weekly Comic by Jerry King

Weekly Comic by Jerry King

Blog of the Week

Top Five News Headlines

  1. The New Normal: When work-from-home means the boss is watching
  2. What Counts as Race Discrimination? A Suit Against JPMorgan Is a Test
  3. Most Americans believe LGBTQ people are legally protected from discrimination. They’re not.
  4. Reddit announces permanent work from home, eliminates cost-of-living pay compensation
  5. Stuck-At-Home Moms: The Pandemic’s Devastating Toll On Women

List of the Week

from Workplace Bullying Institute

  • 19% of adults said they’d personally been bullied at work, while another 19% said they’d seen it happen to someone else.
  • Being bullied at work can harm both your mental and your physical health—with potential effects including major stress, anxiety, depression, trauma, high blood pressure, gastrointestinal issues, and more.
  • Workplace bullying goes far beyond a minor disruption or small annoyance. Rather, it creates a psychological power imbalance between the person doing the bullying and their target or targets to a point where that person at the receiving end develops [a] feeling of helplessness.

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