Quick post today as Aidan and I are slated to head to Massachusetts to join Dunreith and celebrate Father’s Day with my dad.
I’ve been on a work-related reading jag, and want to recommend Gary and Ruth Namie’s The Bully at Work: What You Can Do to Stop the Hurt and Reclaim Your Dignity On The Job.
This accessible, practical and bracingly honest book explains just how widespread bullying at the work place, punctures myths about bullying, breaks down how bullies choose their target and goes through a host of strategies, including taking legal action, that workers have at their disposal to counter bullying.
Often time consuming, slow and expensive, the legal approach is a final resort that holds no guarantee of financial reward, but is still one that some should consider nonetheless, the Namies say.
Fortunately, the situation can often be addressed before such drastic measures become necessary. The Namies are clear, though, that no amount of appeasing will change the bully’s behavior and equally direct about the point that more than 80 percent of bullies are bosses. Their identification of the reasons why bullies choose their targets, and, from there, what can be done to confront and even topple the bully are useful, too.