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While we’re gearing up for a t-shirt decorating and sign-holding event in Providence today with the Rhode Island Healthy Workplace Advocates in preparation for Boston’s first annual bullying walk next weekend, it’s the perfect time to remind us all of our power to create change: by posting an event on our Action Team event page, you can:
There’s no better way to take back the power than to take action (if you’ve healed from the trauma of workplace bullying). You can:
We’re behind you 100%. You have our full support to take action to help make history. All you need is a couple hours and a partner. We’ll even post the event on Facebook for you to help spread the word.
We know workplace bullying can harm a target’s health, leading to such issues as anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and even suicide. But what about the bullies? Publishing their findings in the October 2016 Journal of Business Ethics in “Victim and Culprit? The Effects of Entitlement and Felt Accountability on Perceptions of Abusive Supervision and Perpetration of Workplace Bullying,” researchers focused on the problem — what makes a bully bully. They determined that bullies feel less accountability and more entitlement than those who don’t bully. “There’s an indirect relationship between entitlement and coworker bullying through perceptions of abusive supervision that is stronger for employees who report lower levels of felt accountability than employees who report higher levels of felt accountability,” said the researchers.
At the beginning of the 2015-2016 legislative session, 1,766 people liked the Massachusetts Anti-Workplace Bullying Healthy Workplace Bill Facebook page. That’s 1,766 people since roughly 2010.
Today, 2,660 people like our Facebook page. That’s an increase of 66 percent in the last two years alone. That’s no small feat.
Our website user base is growing at the same rate. Until the last legislation session, we had 20,570 users.
In the last full session, we added more than 10,000 users, most of them new and spending nearly 2:30 minutes on the website each.
Thanks for all of your work. We’ve come a long way to make “workplace bullying” a household term.
Michael Moore’s 2015 documentary Where to Invade Next isn’t about America’s war history. It’s about how other countries affirm human dignity through policy. It’s a look at how policy shapes culture and creates cultures of “we,” where people look out for their neighbors, instead of cultures of “me.” For example:
The countries and topics in order of appearance:
- Italy: labor rights and workers’ well-being: paid holiday, paid honeymoon, thirteenth salary, two-hour lunch breaks, paid parental leave
- France: school meals and sex education
- Finland: education policy (almost no homework, no standardized testing)
- Slovenia: debt-free/tuition-free higher education
- Germany: labor rights and work–life balance and the value of honest, frank national history education particularly as it relates to Nazi Germany
- Portugal: May Day, drug policy of Portugal, and the abolition of the death penalty
- Norway: humane prison system and Norway’s response to the 2011 Utøya attacks
- Tunisia: women’s rights, including reproductive health, access to abortion and their role in the Tunisian Revolution and the drafting of the Tunisian Constitution of 2014
- Iceland: women in power, speaking with Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, the world’s first democratically elected female president, the Best Party, and the 2008–11 Icelandic financial crisis and the criminal investigation and prosecution of bankers
Moore concludes the film by giving examples of these policies that had American roots, meaning that there’s hope for change in the U.S..
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Writers of the musical Wicked, the untold story of the witches of Oz, question a major theme of the film on which the story is based: that people are purely good or evil. In Wicked, we see negative traits in Glinda, the good witch, and positive traits of Elphaba, the wicked witch of the West.
Elphaba fights the oppression of animals in Oz, ultimately going up against the Wizard despite once looking up to him. And the song “Defying Gravity” encapsulates Elphaba’s tenacity in going up against the oppression.
We’re “through with playing by the rules of someone else’s game. Too late for second-guessing, too late to go back to sleep. It’s time to trust my instincts, close my eyes, and leap.”
We’re “through accepting limits ’cause someone says they’re so. Some things I cannot change, but till I try, I’ll never know…. As someone told me lately: ‘Everyone deserves the chance to fly!’ And if I’m flying solo at least I’m flying free. To those who’d ground me, take a message back from me: tell them how I am defying gravity. I’m flying high defying gravity and soon I’ll match them in renown. And nobody in all of Oz, no Wizard that there is or was is ever gonna bring me down.”
Elphaba – why couldn’t you have just stayed calm for once, instead of flying off the handle!
I hope you’re happy!
I hope you’re happy now
I hope you’re happy how you
Hurt your cause forever
I hope you think you’re clever!
I hope you’re happy
I hope you’re happy, too
I hope you’re proud how you
Would grovel in submission
To feed your own ambition
So though I can’t imagine how
I hope you’re happy right now
Elphie, listen to me. Just say you’re sorry:
You can still be with the Wizard
What you’ve worked and waited for
You can have all you ever wanted:
But I don’t want it –
No – I can’t want it
Something has changed within me
Something is not the same
I’m through with playing by the rules
Of someone else’s game
Too late for second-guessing
Too late to go back to sleep
It’s time to trust my instincts
Close my eyes and leap!
It’s time to try
I think I’ll try
And you can’t pull me down!
Can’t I make you understand?
You’re having delusions of grandeur:
I’m through accepting limits
’cause someone says they’re so
Some things I cannot change
But till I try, I’ll never know!
Too long I’ve been afraid of
Losing love I guess I’ve lost
Well, if that’s love
It comes at much too high a cost!
I’d sooner buy
Kiss me goodbye
I’m defying gravity
And you can’t pull me down:
Glinda, come with me. Think of what we could
Together we’re unlimited
Together we’ll be the greatest team
There’s ever been
Dreams, the way we planned ’em
If we work in tandem:
There’s no fight we cannot win
Just you and I
With you and I
They’ll never bring us down!
Well? Are you coming?
I hope you’re happy
Now that you’re choosing this
I hope it brings you bliss
I really hope you get it
And you don’t live to regret it
I hope you’re happy in the end
I hope you’re happy, my friend:
So if you care to find me
Look to the western sky!
As someone told me lately:
“Everyone deserves the chance to fly!”
And if I’m flying solo
At least I’m flying free
To those who’d ground me
Take a message back from me
Tell them how I am
I’m flying high
And soon I’ll match them in renown!
And nobody in all of Oz
No Wizard that there is or was
Is ever gonna bring me down!
I hope you’re happy!
CITIZENS OF OZ
Look at her, she’s wicked!
Bring me down!
“Excellence isn’t usually what gets you up the greasy pole. What gets you up is a talent for maneuvering. Kissing up to the people above you, kicking down to the people below you,” says leadership speaker William Deresiewicz. Most of us who find ourselves bullied at work wonder how on earth the incompetent bullies get ahead while the competent and ethical targets stay at lower ranks with less pay and responsibility.
Here are two reasons why bullies get ahead at work:
We move the needle when we stop seeing the target as”sensitive” or “emotional” and instead recognize the real problem: the bully’s narcissistic behavior. We change the culture when we:
Join us EVERY THURSDAY at 10am EST starting on October 6 for a check-in on what’s working and what’s not working with building awareness about workplace bullying. Our focus is on actions in New England states, but anyone is welcome to call in for inspiration and to give updates to inspire others.
It’s all about collaboration, communication, support, and action.
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