Thursday, January 24, 2013

Bullying in the Workplace

We work hard in our jobs and expect to be treated with courtesy for our participation in company teamwork. It is fair to assume that because we spend time in a professional venue that relationships will be fair and that policies support us. But read this:

In 2006, Schat, Frone & Kelloway did a survey and found that 41.4% of respondents to their survey reported experiencing psychological aggression at work. That represents 47 million US workers.

And in August 2010 two studies were conducted by the Workplace Bullying Institute to collect data of all American adults about bullying in the workplace. Maybe you were part of this study, if not, the statistics are higher.

 Here is what the study revealed:

  • ·         35% of workers have experienced bullying firsthand
  • ·         62% of bullies are men
  • ·         58% of targets are women
  • ·         women bullies target women in 80% of cases
  • ·         bullying at work is four times more prevalent than illegal harassment
  • ·         same-gender harassment accounts for more than 2/3 (68%) of bullying
In addition 15% stated they witnessed someone being bullied.

Although bullying in the workplace does not fit the standard HUD Discrimination policy, and is not illegal because of the lack of law, bullying is prolific in the workplace and causes an individual great physical distress and the company loss of productivity and  revenue. Bullying is any repeated pattern expressed through words or actions, intended to intimate, offend, degrade, or humiliate a particular person or group.

It is appalling that adults treat each other with such disrespect while we expect that bullying cease in school and other community settings.  Let's show our children by our example that bullying has no place in American society.

Respect for ourselves guides our morals; respect for others guides our manners.” – Laurence Sterne

Until next time,

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Winter Health

Everywhere I go these days I see people wiping their hands with antiseptic wipes or pumping jars of liquid supposed to keep them bacteria free. Using antibacterial soaps and hand gels are not healthy. I want to share an article I found on this. Please read this below link.

In addition cleaning supplies are made up of chemicals and these chemicals suppress your immune system. Winter is a time when we become more health conscious and want our immune systems to work at their optimal function. Off hand, it might not seem like a problem to use your usual cleaning supplies. After all, you've been using them for years with no seeming health effects. But know that chemicals build up in the fat in your body and accumulate. Over time they seriously contribute to many different health issues. The net is replete with information about this. Take ten minutes and read up on it yourself. Those who have gotten ill from an overexposure to these chemicals are trying to spread the word about the harm they are doing to our bodies, yet consumers buy these products by the millions. Somehow we got a message we need chemical solutions to keep our homes clean and germ-free. We have believed with no basis what companies tell us we need. 

Try white vinegar for your cleaning needs. It is an antimicrobial and antibacterial and studies proved that it is slightly more effective than bleach. It is non-toxic and edible. Isn't that a much for effective way to good health?

Let's be proactive with our health. Use environmentally safe products. Let your immune system strongly support your body's functioning.
Until next time,