Hello dear readers, here are some items that may be of interest:
People who never get ahead at work?
According to Taylor Dupuy of Monster, in this mini-feature on Boston.com, there are five types of people who don’t get ahead at work: The self-doubter, the gossip, the person who doesn’t care, the hypersensitive worker, and the follower.
Yeah, there’s probably some truth in her list. But too bad that narcissists and bullies aren’t on it, because…..
CEO compensation has risen by 725 percent in the past three decades — that’s 127 times more than worker pay. In 1978, the average CEO earned 26 times more than the average worker — it’s now 210 times more. CEOs of S&P index companies make 354 times more than the average employee. Furthermore, two recent scientific studies confirm what we have always known: Narcissistic CEOs ruin companies by demoralizing and alienating employees — effectively repelling talent — and by committing corporate fraud.
Workplace mobbing is “bullying on steroids”
Sophie Henshaw, writing for PsychCentral.com, offers an insightful piece on workplace bullying and mobbing:
Mobbing is “bullying on steroids,” a horrifying new trend whereby a bully enlists co-workers to collude in a relentless campaign of psychological terror against a hapless target.
. . . Mobbing is more likely to occur when a number of workplace factors are present. Understanding what they are can help to protect yourself from staying in, or taking a job in a toxic organization. For example, certain industries facing increased financial pressure because market demand is on the wane are more mobbing-prone. These organizations are driven by the dollar and accountable only to shareholders and directors. This creates toxic environments where managers turn a blind eye to bullying and mobbing and may even encourage it (Duffy & Sperry, 2013).
Workforce on workplace bullying and the Healthy Workplace Bill
Frank Kalman, associate editor for Workforce magazine, wrote a piece on workplace bullying in light of the Miami Dolphins situation and included interview remarks with me about the Healthy Workplace Bill. Citing loopholes in current law concerning bullying at work, he wrote:
David Yamada, a law professor and director of the New Workplace Institute at Suffolk University Law School in Boston, is working to change that. As the primary author of the Healthy Workplace Bill, Yamada aims to set a framework for legal action on workplace bullying outside of the protected classes.
Ten infamous terminations
Chad Brooks, writing for BusinessNewsDaily (via Yahoo! News), highlights 10 infamous worker terminations, including this one by Walmart:
In October, the retail giant fired a 30-year-old Michigan man after he tried to help a woman who was being attacked by a former boyfriend in the store’s parking lot.
The company fired Kristopher Oswald, who had been sitting in his car on break at the time of the incident. According to Walmart, Oswald broke the company’s workplace violence rules by fighting with the attacker after he witnessed the incident. At the time of the firing, Walmart spokeswoman Ashley Hardie told the Associated Press that while the company understood Oswald’s intentions, his actions of jumping into the situation violated company policy.
For those looking for helpful information on labor unions and collective bargaining, here are two great portals to free information:
- Collective Bargaining, Labor Relations, and Unions is hosted by the Catherwood Library of Cornell University’s Industrial and Labor Relations School.
- Labor Unions: A Guide to Information Resources is hosted by librarian and economist Bob Lucore.