Cyberbullying Can Happen at Work

Cyberbullying Can Happen at WorkWe are all familiar with the unfortunate fact that children, teens, and young adults have been known to treat their peers nastily in voice and actions. Known to us as bullying, this age-old problem has surfaced on social networking sites and now a new survey seems to indicate that cyberbullying has extended into the workplace. What is really surprising is that a survey in the UK seems to indicate that over 80% of those in the workplace who participated in the survey have indicated that they have been the victim of cyberbullying.

The survey takers also discovered that bullying at work was on par with what kids and young teens experience in school, including being gossiped about, ignored, and even humiliated by peers. One of the latest examples of how this can happen is what occurred recently at Apple. Allegations are that the now deposed head of software who developed the non-Google Maps for the iPhone was one of those who could be described as a bully.

Bullying is no longer limited to just emails or posting on social networking sites. Bullying can also take the form of text messages to the individual’s phone, comments posted on blogs, the sharing of manipulated images of the person being harassed, or other offensive comments posted directly on the comments section of websites.

Here are some tips I would recommend that you take to curb cyberbullying at work that may actually help you.

  • You must recognize the situation as actual harassment before you can proceed.
  • The perpetrator is usually insecure in their needs and they may have been bullied themselves at one time.
  • Do not respond to the perpetrator. This may give them the satisfaction they seek to know you are miserable and their efforts are working.
  • Make a copy of the message, photograph, video, or anything else the perpetrator is sending to you.
  • Seek the assistance of your supervisor and advise them of what is happening.

In the workplace, employers should have written policies in place that prevent employees from being bullied, whether online, in the office, or anywhere in the workplace. Without a written policy, the employer can suffer from a lack of employee morale, lack of production, and also subject themselves to a possible lawsuit by not taking proper action immediately.

For anyone who reads this and who has been the victim of bullying in the workplace or knows of an incident in which someone else was bullied, share your solutions with us.

I strongly dislike bullies no matter where the bully practices his trade and would hope that you would be part of the solution to stop bullies in their tracks.

Comments are welcome.

Source: Discovery News

CC licensed Flickr photo above shared by Clint Hamada

Witchcraft Rules According to John Saul’s Novel, Black Creek Crossing

Saul’s novel Black Creek Crossing was in the same venue as Spielberg’s Carrie, with the same religious overtones, self-loathing teenagers, taunting peers and the overshadowing of witchcraft. However, apart from that, the novel is filled with believable characters who find themselves caught up in the supernatural and in a set of scary circumstances including witchcraft, the evils of alcoholism, religion, and the results of bullying, etc.

The story unfolds around the life of Angel Sullivan whose dysfunctional family embarks on a journey into the supernatural when they move into a new home at Black Creek Crossing. However, while Angel had hoped that their move would end the bullying that she had been forced to endure at her previous school the scenario only unfolds to one which is much, much worse. The only plus side to the move for her was that she finds a friend in a fellow student, Seth Baker, who has also been the victim of abuse both at the hands of his father and the other students.

Unbeknownst to Angel’s family, was that the house was haunted by two witches who had been burned at the stake in the 1600s. However, shortly after moving in Angel is confronted by a strange cat and strange images of a young girl and when the two teenagers discover the dark secret about Angel’s new home, strange and dangerous things, begin to take over the town.

The book which begins with a shocking opening is propelled onward by an unstoppable plot to an explosive climax. For the most part Saul did a wonderful job of explaining why certain things were occurring but there are a couple of things that he left hanging like why the tree in the church square that was always struck by lightening when someone was practicing witchcraft didn’t burn and why it was important to the story. I also never quite understood why Seth had been cruelly nicknamed “Beth” by his teenage torturers. Basically, the story is a fairly straightforward Harry Potter for adults.

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Bullying an IT workplace problem

Patricia Pickett of IT World Canada writes:

Physical and psychological harassment or bullying is one of the most damaging workplace issues — and according to one expert, the IT industry is not immune to it….

‘Bill’, an Ottawa-based IT worker whose name has been changed for anonymity, told IT World Canada in an e-mail interview that he has experienced bullying in his workplace but isn’t really sure how to deal with it constructively. He recently started working at a small company where teamwork and a collaborative environment are very important. Despite this, the other day he witnessed a female colleague burst into tears because of psychological harassment….

Rather than explaining to the person what he means, he [the team lead] will start harassing the person psychologically by raising his voice and showing frustration, indicating that he has been over this issue many times with that person and he does not understand why the issue still exists,” he explained, adding that this is usually done in front of several other people. “Most of the time he will bring up the issue that he is the person in charge and will ignore the fact the success or failure of the team is not just in his hands. []