Bullying is NOT Banter: 3 Signs That It’s Not a Joke

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Tweet Bullying is NOT Banter: 3 Signs That It’s Not a Joke Have you been the brunt of bullying behaviors at work recently (or even not so recently)? After being on the receiving end of hurtful words, did the perpetrator say “I’m only joking” or “it’s just playful banter”? Did it make you wonder if […]

Speaking Out Against Bullying Isn’t So Simple

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Tweet Speaking Out Against Bullying Isn’t So Simple Bullying happens for many reasons, not the least of which is the silence of the target and witnesses. Silence is not golden when it comes to bullying behaviors, but speaking up is not easy either. But why is that? When it comes to bullying, conventional wisdom says […]

Workplace Bullying & the Law: Australia Passes Significant Anti-bullying Law

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Tweet Workplace Bullying & the Law: Australia Passes Significant Anti-bullying Law Are governments and workplaces waking up to the real costs and damages from workplace bullying? Recently, Australian Parliament passed The Fair Work Amendment Bill 2013, a broad bill that empowers workers for flexible workplace arrangements, including significant provisions meant to curb workplace bullying. The […]

The Cultural Acceptance of Workplace Bullying

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Tweet The Cultural Acceptance of Workplace Bullying Does the frequency and acceptance of bullying in the workplace depend on your national culture? A recent study from the Journal of Business Research seems to indicate that it does. Though I never think anyone’s given culture is an excuse for abrasive and bullying behavior, it seems that […]

Workplace Bullying: 5 Reporting Tips to Make it Easier for HR

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Tweet Workplace Bullying: 5 Reporting Tips to Make it Easier for HR It’s always a tricky proposition reporting a workplace bullying situation to HR. If you play your cards wrong, it could make the bullying much, much worse. Even if you play your cards right, you may feel the increased pressure of being included in […]