Corliss Olson, director of and professor at the University of Wisconsin’s School for Workers, has been a long-time supporter of the anti-bullying movement. This week she was interviewed about workplace bullying and the need for the Healthy Workplace Bill by Madison’s WMTV NBC15. To watch her interview, go here. [Update October 2010 — the interview is no longer available.]
During her interview, Corliss shared a brief piece of a conversation with a boilermaker who observed that when it comes to the workplace, we’ve gone from “lean and mean” to “anorexic and vicious.” It struck me as a sadly apt characterization of what the Great Recession is doing to too many workers.
By the way, UW’s School for Workers is one of a dwindling number of university-affiliated labor education programs. I’m a big fan of these schools, as they help to counterbalance the overwhelming management presence of business schools and MBA programs. You can learn more about the school and its programs from its website.