I’m writing from Baltimore, where this evening I had the privilege of serving as the guest speaker at the monthly dinner meeting of the Maryland chapter of the Labor and Employment Relations Association. LERA is a non-partisan, non-profit organization devoted to public education and research about work and workplaces. My topic was “How to Respond to Workplace Bullying,” and it gave me a chance to share some of my work and to engage in a very thoughtful Q&A with those who attended.
Most of the attendees are practitioners in this field, including attorneys, arbitrators, mediators, and labor relations specialists for companies, government agencies, and unions. What struck me during the various questions, comments, and side chats is that this topic continues to become mainstreamed among employee relations stakeholders. The turnout for this event was very strong, and the information I shared appeared to resonate with the attendees.
I enjoyed meeting such a sharp group of fellow employee relations colleagues. Many thanks to Maryland arbitrator Ezio Borchini, president of the state’s LERA chapter, for issuing this invitation and for being such a welcoming host. Oh, I should add that the Maryland LERA meetings are held at a wonderful restaurant in Baltimore’s Little Italy, La Tavola, so we all got a fine meal as part of the deal.