Sunday, July 31, 2011

Communication or suffocation

A colleague suggested that it isn't workplace bullying I should study, communication strategies between nurses should be my focus. After many searching inside of myself, it is still how to discover before bullying becomes so toxic it affects the nurse's ability to be productive, think clearly, enjoy work and interpersonal relationships at work.

If you have been bullied at work on a weekly basis by one person or a group of people over six months, you are going to see changes in your ability to work productively, your health and well-being are impacted, your relationships at work and at home are also impacted.  And, you have to make the decision to walk,confront and report the bully up the chain of command, knowing it may lead to worsening of the bullying behavior, re-frame the behavior, or avoid the bully.  

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Workplace bullying: Target, perpetrator, or organization

I have been doing a lot of reading on workplace bullying. I'm a nurse, I've been the target. I've been a manager and been perceived as a bully.  I have also been part of an organization that bullies and oppresses the different, the curious, and yes, the slackers who should not be there in the first place. So, I am going to continue to explore the issues, present all sides (if I can) and wonder out loud if this is just meant to be because of the societal pressures.  Feel free to join in.