Dealing with workplace bullying

The Harvard Business Review is a great resource for a wide range of management topics. It frequently deals with issues that include our main interest – whistleblowing, accountability, that sort of thing.

The blog post below has excellent advice for managers about workplace bullying and the damage to productivity and morale they can do. My interest was sparked because bullies are generally unaccountable for their actions, and because nearly all whistleblowers are exposed to either bullying or (even worse) mobbing.

Rather than repeat the content of the post, I highly recommend you read it. Consider passing it on to people who may be in situation like this.

The one thing the author doesn’t discuss, though, is what happens when management itself endorses either the bully or the culture that perpetuates bullying. Canada’s federal government is a prime example. Studies show more and more bullying in the workplace, accompanied by rising rates of long term disability for mental illness. Nothing is being done about this because for most of the senior executives in government, this is how they rose to the top.

In case like that, there are few options: duck and hide, leave the organization, or join in. Sadly, too many people choose to join in.

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Diagnose and Eliminate Workplace Bullying
Harvard Business Review, July 13, 2011
Summary: Whether it’s an entrenched dinosaur or extreme ladder-climber, anyone who manipulates selfish outcomes or seeks unfair advantage must be confronted expediently. Bullies are tremendously expensive for corporations in terms of productivity and human resource talents lost.

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  1. Dealing with Workplace Bullying and Mobbing.
    On Friday, at 18.40 h on June 15, 2001, Mark Oliver Saulnier 25 died suddenly during an induction for general anesthesia. He was in the hospital for seventeen hour yet he was buried, three days later, on Monday in the morning on June 25, 2001.
    I had protested the brutal violation of the Coroner’s Act of New Brunswick and as a result of my civil action I was mobbed and bullied by physicians my peers, had my privileges suspended and a right to make a living denied. I was not reported to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of New Brunswick. After five months in suspension, on November 26, 2001, I was fired by a hired impostor who pretended to represent the accounting firm Deloitte & Touche but in fact was a crook hired by the criminals at the Medical Advisory Committee at the Miramichi New Brunswick hospital.
    The depth of cynicism, brutality and corruption is difficult to comprehend for an immigrant from Eastern Europe where even during the totalitarian communists’ rules such a lawlessness and corruption was impossible to arrange. In this respect rural New Brunswick is at the medieval stage of social development.
    With respect, Wlodzimierz Sokolowski