Workplace Violence

Top 5 Background Screening Trends for 2020
Top 5 Background Screening Trends for 2020

Topics like medical marijuana, Ban the Box, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are sure to grab a lot of headlines in 2020, but are they really the HR trends to which you need to pay attention? Not according to the data. We surveyed hundreds of HR professionals, recruiters, and generalists who use screening following the SHRM Annual Conference about what trends you’re watching in 2020. Here’s what’s on your radars.

When the Boss is a Bully
When the Boss is a Bully

Workplace bullies not only make your time on the job miserable, but new studies show this behavior can also be toxic to your life and relationships outside of work. According to data from the Workplace Bullying Institute, more than a third of American workers claim they have been victimized. Research also shows that the targets of bullying can even suffer from post-traumatic stress.

Are YOU a Workplace Bully?
Are YOU a Workplace Bully?

Over the last few months we have been discussing the prevalence of bullies in the workplace. We’ve talked about identifying bullying behavior and what to do if you are a witness or the target. If you have been reading our articles and thinking you’ve never experienced anything like this… or you think the whole issue is ridiculous… you might need to take a serious look at yourself to see if just maybe- you could be the bully.  

You’ve Witnessed Bullying in the Workplace – Now What?
You’ve Witnessed Bullying in the Workplace – Now What?

What would you do if you saw a speeding, lifted, diesel, bright orange eight-wheeler truck crash into a little electric car sitting motionless at a red light? At first glance you’re probably thinking you’d call 911. Of course you would, you’re a decent human being and would want to ensure both drivers are safe. Unfortunately you’d be wrong in your answer.

Civility Lost? Uber Driver Faces Workplace Violence
Civility Lost? Uber Driver Faces Workplace Violence

We write about Uber quite a bit on this blog... especially when one of their drivers is accused of a crime. But the newly released video of a passenger hauling off and beating a driver senseless is nothing short of shocking. If you missed the video of the attack you can see it here (Warning: NSFW language):

How To Fight Back Against Cyberbullies
How To Fight Back Against Cyberbullies

In 2011, I was in a terrible accident. Without going into too much detail, my dog and a city trolley were involved. The local news stations covered the story and posted their news clips on their websites. It wasn’t long before the comments section was full of a hateful string of nastiness. People said I was too stupid to own a dog and it should be taken away from me. They said I should be dragged into the street and shot for being so dumb. They said they wished I hadn’t survived that accident because people as idiotic as me shouldn’t be walking the streets of our fine city.

Nurses Eating Their Young: The Hidden Hospital Bullies
Nurses Eating Their Young: The Hidden Hospital Bullies

“Nurses eating their young.”  Have you heard that one before? I have always heard horror stories about what young doctors had to go through as they navigated the first few years of their profession, but apparently the hazing and outright bullying of young nurses has been a way of life in American hospitals for decades.

Why I Waited So Long to Write About the WDBJ Tragedy
Why I Waited So Long to Write About the WDBJ Tragedy

The news media is always interested in workplace violence. Mass shootings get wall-to-wall coverage for days on end and terms like “going postal” get coined.  On August 26th, the two collided in an unspeakable tragedy as Alison Parker and Adam Ward were executed on live TV by Vester Lee Flanagan, a former co-worker who had been fired by the station.

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