Monthly Archives: October 2016

Councillor to take Calgary Police Service workplace concerns to justice minister ‘if need be’

Following public scrutiny of a 2013 Calgary Police Service workplace review that uncovered over 60 complaints from CPS employees claiming they were subject to bullying, sexual harassment and intimidation, one city councillor is vowing to deal with the allegations and improve human resource practices.

But at least one police officer is leveling his own accusations against Councillor Diane Colley-Urquhart.

“As a police commissioner and sitting on the governance committee, this is our job as an oversight role to ensure that this is dealt with and dealt with properly,” Colley-Urquhart told Global News Saturday.

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Workplace bullying leads to loss of 5 trillion won (KR)

Bullying at work costs 5 trillion won ($4.4 billion) a year in lost labor, a study shows.

The Korea Research Institute for Vocational Education and Training released a report Thursday on workplace bullying based on a survey of 3,000 workers — 200 each in 15 different industries.

According to the report, the probability of damage on non-regular workers — part-timers and contract workers — was 28.1 percent, higher than the 21.3 percent on regular, full-time employees.

In social and economic terms, the damage was higher among the middle class (25.5 percent) and lower class (23.5 percent) than among the high class (15.1 percent).

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Shooter at FreightCar America plant faced workplace bullying, says neighbour

ROANOKE, Va.—A neighbour of the suspected shooter at a railcar manufacturing facility in Roanoke, Vir., says the man told him he quit his job because he was being harassed by a co-worker.

Clarence Jones told The Associated Press that 53-year-old Getachew Fekede would complain about a man who intimidated and picked on him. Jones said Fekede transferred departments at FreightCar America but ultimately quit when the problems continued.

Jones said he believes Fekede grew concerned about money after he quit his job because he was still taking care of his mother back in Kenya. Jones said Fekede was an “excellent neighbour” who never showed any signs of violence.

Roanoke Police Chief Tim Jones said that the 53-year-old Fekede stopped showing up to work at FreightCar America in March. But he rode a bicycle to his former workplace early Oct. 25 and somehow entered the facility’s paint shop.

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More than $1 million paid out for workplace bullying (AU)

The interrogation came out of the blue and continued mercilessly, even while she was doubled over sobbing.

The woman, who was 41 at the time of the incident, has been awarded more than $1 million in a negotiated workplace bullying settlement.

The bullying she experienced at a NSW government agency five years ago has rendered her unable to ever work again.

As two bosses hurled accusations at her during a meeting called to provide her with feedback on an internal job application, the woman who could only speak on the condition of anonymity, said she was in shock and disbelief.

Now aged 46, she still has no idea what motivated the attack which had come without any warning. A string of psychiatrists have provided evidence that her mental injury has rendered her unable to return to work.

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One in three forced to put work before home by their boss: Managers also forcing employees to be on call 24 hours a day (UK)

One in three working people are under pressure from managers who think they should put their job before their home life, a report said yesterday.

It said 33 per cent of employees worry that their boss thinks work should come before their family.

The same share believe their managers think they should be on call 24 hours a day.

The findings from the Relate counselling group were based on a survey of more than 5,000 people aimed at detecting the level of disruption of people’s home lives by the demands of work.

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Bullying: The invisible canary

Recently it was reported that 71% of schools in New York City recorded zero incidents of bullying for a school year.  I am sure similar statistics could be found in many other districts in our country. Recent national statistics on bullying, however, indicated that approximately 20% to 25 % of secondary-school students indicated that they were bullied 2 to 3 times per month. This means that a school hypothetically of 100 students should have approximately 400 incidents of bullying per year. How can such contradictorily sets of data be possible?

Bully is happening in schools, but staff don’t see or know about it, but students do. Even if they are not targets of bullying, students live with its effects. This is why the analogy of bullying being like the invisible canary in a coal mine is apt for the dilemma facing schools. Bullying, like a canary, should be a signal to staff that something is wrong with the school’s climate and culture. Unfortunately, if the signal goes unseen, the problem will continue and probably worsen. The “canary” could even die and business could go on as usual.

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No Bullying: Napolitano Issues Guidance

If there were any doubt where the University of California stood on how employees should treat one another in the workplace, this language from the Office of the President makes it crystal-clear: “The university does not tolerate abusive conduct or bullying.”

In a letter accompanying “Guidance from the President Regarding Staff Abusive Conduct and Bullying,” President Janet Napolitano wrote: “All UC community members are expected to behave in ways that support the UC Principles of Community and Regents Policy 1111 (Statement of Ethical Values and Standards of Ethical Conduct), which state that UC is committed to treating each member of the university community with dignity and respect.”

Napolitano prefaced her letter by stating that she considers UC to be a leader for its treatment of employees and for cultivating a positive working environment. But, she added, “I recognize the unfortunate reality that bullying and other abusive behaviors occur in every workplace.”

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Magid: Presidential campaign sparks concern about angry online exchanges

(Thanks to Larry Magid and the San Jose Mercury News.  — Mike Tully)

As I’m sure you’ve noticed during this election cycle, there is a lack of public civility these days. You see it on TV and online and it’s not pretty. Whether it’s crude and sexist comments being shown over and over on TV or accusations that one candidate or the other is “unfit” or “belongs in jail,” what we’re seeing played out is not only unprecedented in modern times, but is also reflective of what we’ve been seeing online long before the election season and what we might see even more of after the election.

I’m not blaming the internet for all things uncivil, mean or crude but -– as someone who has been a user, chronicler and champion of online technology since the early ’80s — I will say that the technologies that I helped to document, celebrate and encourage, have an ugly side that’s now rearing its head.

It’s not just about the candidates, it’s about an attitude that people in public life are subject to ridicule and condemnation. And, thanks to social media, people in public life are no longer just people with famous names. Anyone who posts online, whether on Twitter, Facebook, a blog or the comment section of a news site, is putting themselves out there in public and, sadly, risking being harassed, demeaned or ridiculed.

As a journalist, I’m used to it but hardly happy about it.

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Global child bullying problem gaining visibility on the international stage

Bullying – online or in person – is a serious global problem affecting high percentages of children. It undermines child physical and emotional health, well-being and school achievement. The repercussions of bullying, for both victim and perpetrator, can continue into adulthood exacting high social and economic costs for countries.

This month important international steps are being taken to recognize the urgency and increase understanding of the scope of bullying worldwide.

UN bullying report

On 12 October, Protecting Children from Bullying, a new report produced by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais, will be presented to the General Assembly. The report represents an important step in formal international consideration of the widespread child rights problem of bullying.

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McKenzie County Commission seeks to remove sheriff (ND)

WATFORD CITY – The McKenzie County Commission voted unanimously Thursday to petition the governor to remove Sheriff Gary Schwartzenberger from office after an investigation into workplace bullying and retaliation.

Commissioners also voted unanimously to place Lt. Michael Schmitz on administrative leave while commissioners decide on disciplinary action that could include termination.

The county’s human resources manager recently requested an investigation into allegations of workplace bullying and retaliation made against both Schwartzenberger and Schmitz, according to documents made public Thursday.

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