Monthly Archives: December 2015

Being a good boss is not a popularity contest, is it?

Dog Online(Be afraid, private sector employers, BE VERY AFRAID!  — Mike Tully, Editor)

Being the boss is tough. The boss has to make tough decisions. The boss has to break bad news. Being the boss is not for everyone, and the boss is not always the most popular member of the workforce. The boss is not elected by popularity, but a new app just might challenge that premise.

Yelp-like ratings—yikes!

A new app, Peeple, is similar to the popular rating and review app Yelp. As you probably know, Yelp is used to rate businesses like restaurants and shops. Users log on and leave comments about their experience at an establishment. Reviews are aggregated and averaged, which increases or decreases the business’s rating. As you might imagine, restaurant owners take the reviews very seriously. There have even been lawsuits filed (and lost) to have negative reviews removed.

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Workplace bullying gets smarter, crueler in South Korea

SOUTH KOREA FLAGIt wasn’t too hard for Yoon Eun-ji — not her real name — to find out that her senior colleague had been bullied by one of the executives of her company earlier this year. It wasn’t difficult because the board member made it very clear that she was not happy with her pregnant colleague.

“The executive humiliated her in front of everyone,” said the 29-year-old, who works for a local conglomerate. “She yelled at the pregnant woman. One of the things the executive said was that there was no reason for her to ‘suffer’ because of the colleague.”

Yoon later found out that the reason why the female executive, in her 50s, was upset was because she received a disciplinary measure from the human resources department for overworking the pregnant employee. Under Korea’s labor laws, it is illegal for employers to make pregnant workers do night shifts.

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Children accessing extremist material using school computers (UK)

DaeshChildren who are being radicalised used school computers to access extremist material, according to a new report.

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan today announced new regulations which require schools to put in place strengthened measure to protect children from harm online.

The Department for Education (DfE) said the risk to young people being targeted by radical groups have risen and “should not be underestimated”.

Some school children who travelled or attempted to travel to Syria were able to access material about Daesh or terror networks via school computers.

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Report: Hostile workplace prompts Scottsdale Schools superintendent to resign

The sudden resignation earlier this month of Scottsdale Unified School District Superintendent Dr. David Peterson came after nearly two years of bullying, intimidation, harassment — and even extortion — according to a recent report provided to the Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board.

The report, a “Chronology of Events” leading up to the resignation of Dr. Peterson, takes specific aim at the actions of two Governing Board members: Pam Kirby and Barbara Perleberg.
Superintendent Peterson abruptly announced his resignation Friday, Dec. 11, after only about one year into a three-year contract renewal.

In the report, Dr. Peterson claims that over the last 24 months Ms. Kirby and Ms. Perleberg cultivated a bullying culture that included “intimidation and extortion,” which ultimately forced him to resign — and even contemplate legal action against the district.

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Code Enforcement Employees Bring Charges Against The City (TN)

TENNESSEE AND MEMPHIS(Editor’s Comment:  Could this be an early test of Tennessee’s new workplace bullying law?  If so, it bears watching.  — Mike Tully)

MEMPHIS, TN >  The Local I-Team exposes serious allegations within Memphis City Code Enforcement. Sixteen code inspectors filed charges against the city in October. Their complaints allege they are being mistreated at work. The Local I-Team is first to report this story.

The complaint alleges a workplace rife with “harassment” and “bullying” and the charges identify one manager by name, Eric Muhammad. So we approached him about the claims.

Maria Hallas, Reporter: “Do you know that employees have said you’re harassing them and bullying them in the workplace?”

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