Dealing with Bullying in the Workplace
What is workplace bullying? How big of a problem is it? What can be done about it?
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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Why do bad things happen to good people?
10 ways Humanists cope with difficulty and tragedy
Life isn’t easy. It is filled with challenges. How we navigate those challenges determines our success in life. Here are 10 Humanist coping strategies that may work for you too.
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Learning from mistakes
Or why Humanism is such a powerfully transformative philosophy
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
3 reasons to take corporate social responsibility seriously – a Humanistic Business Management primer.
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?
What is the appropriate Humanist response to a massacre? How can Humanist provide comfort in times of national distress?
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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