Dealing with Bullying in the Workplace

Dealing with Bullying in the Workplace

What is workplace bullying? How big of a problem is it? What can be done about it?

What is bullying, what can be done about it bullying tip #37 The Bully Vaccine Project

I wrote my book, The Bully Vaccine, on how to use operant conditioning to deal with the problem of bullying for children and their parents. But more and more I am being asked to talk about how these skills apply to the problem of workplace bullying.

Workplace bullying is a definite problem. Workplace bullying, like all bullying, is the exploitation of a power differential through abuse to gain some advantage. This advantage may be status, power or simply the masking of an insecurity of the bully. The problem is that just as with bullying in schools, bullying in the workplace can be so toxic that people develop physical symptoms of stress or other mental health issues.


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Learning from mistakes

Learning from mistakes

Or why Humanism is such a powerfully transformative philosophy

Humanism is really just the applied study of what it means to be a good human being.  It isn’t about dogma or absolute prescriptions for living your life. It is about doing the best you can with the knowledge you have in the here and now and always striving to do better.

What is Humanism?  Humanism is defined by the American Humanist Association as a progressive philosophy of life that without supernaturalism affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity. Or, to put it another way – life you life to the fullest, love other people and leave the world a better place.

Humanism is also a highly effective approach to human development. It is as much concerned with personal development as it is with social responsibility. It is probably the most humane and holistic approach to ethical philosophy humanity has ever developed.


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Social Responsibility in Business

Social Responsibility in Business

3 reasons to take corporate social responsibility seriously – a Humanistic Business Management primer.

always remember, your business is run by humans for humans and that the welfare of humans matters

There is a lot of talk about Humanism in business and Humanistic Business Management. So what is Humanism and why should business managers care?  Well, this is related to the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility. And no, that isn’t just the latest buzz phrase. It actually means something and can positively impact your business.


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Where were Humanists after Newtown?

Where were Humanists after Newtown?

What is the appropriate Humanist response to a massacre? How can Humanist provide comfort in times of national distress?

a truly vibrant Humanist community is one that is focused on the wellbeing of total human and the communities in which we live

I have held off commenting on this because I don’t feel it is right to take someone’s tragedy and turn it into an opportunity to promote my ideas and causes, even if I think I have something valuable to add to the conversation. Immediately after the tragedy we had religious leaders talking about the “reasons” why this happened. The only thing I had going through my head was the song “I don’t like Mondays” by the Boomtown Rats. The relevant lyrics are “there can be no reason ‘cause there are not reasons what reasons do you need to die.”

However, the lack of a non-religious response to this tragedy was noted by the media. In fact the NY Times did an article In a Crisis, Humanists Seem Absent. (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/29/us/on-religion-where-are-the-humanists.html?smid=fb-share&_r=1&) they wanted to know – where are the Humanists? It’s a good article.



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