Witnesses-what do you do?

I recently presented on the witness’s perspective of bullying in the workplace at a conference at Shippensburg University, PA. The National Workplace Bullying Coalition hosted the event called “#Dignity15, Restoring and Protecting Dignity at Work: Addressing Discrimination, Harassment, and Bullying in the Workplace.

http://www.workplacebullyingcoalition.org/#!2015-conference/cwmr (I am front row, sitting, first on the left)

The conference was successful, they recorded all of the presentations and they will be put up on the Workplace Bullying Coalition’s website. The presentation I presented was from my study  conducted in 2013, (http://gradworks.umi.com/3570580.pdf) . I referenced that in some cases the witnesses impacts were worst than the actual victims and the health aspects are unreal but believeable. Some will find that hard to believe, but I truly understand and have seen this myself. People think how can you watch and not do anything when a supervisor is slamming your co-worker via humiliation, yelling, cursing, could be throwing things, and telling lies. It’s hard and there are plenty of reasons why. It’s about fear-am I next?, I need my job..the stress, all of this leads to medication, and lack of job satisfaction. One of the participants of the study says “I used to throw up on my way to work, I hated it, I went to the doctor and now on medication for high blood pressure”. Another shared “I work in a toxic environment”.

Organizations do not realize when they allow bullying in the workplace, it is costing them. Most bullying is done by the supervisor or manager. A change needs to come in the workplace, if organizations want to retain and recruit good folks into their organizations they need to change the culture. Now is the time! Join the coalition…it might be coming to your state next. Or visit the http://www.workplacebullying.org

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About familytreegirl

Shelley Murphy, aka “familytreegirl”, a native of Michigan residing in Central Virginia, Shelley has been an avid genealogist for over 25+ years researching the Davis, Marsh, Goens/Goins/Goings, Roper, Boyer, Worden, Cureton, and Murphy family lines. She is a Coordinator and faculty for the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI), presents Genealogy 101 workshops at the local community college, state and national genealogy conferences. She holds a Doctorate of Management in Organizational Leadership and works as an adjunct professor for Averett University. Murphy is known for her inspiring and interactive “Getting Started” Methods and Strategies for genealogy research, “Time and File management” along with interesting problem-solving methodology lectures. Shelley currently has 20+ publications with Charlottesville Genealogy Examiner and the Central Virginia Heritage, a publication of the Central Virginia Genealogical Association. She is an instructor for the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI). Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Adjunct Professor, Professional Genealogist. Volunteers for American Red Cross as a Disaster Services Instructor, facilitates financial education workshops for the last 8 years, and former licensed Real Estate Broker
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