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HTDigest  |  Stories of the Workplace

December 2017

Workplace Civility |  Bullying  |  Harassment

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Articles that give “best practices”, lessons learned and actionable tips/steps to improve our workplace environment

Firefighters fired after noose was found hanging on black colleague’s family photo

 CNN   .   Tina Burnside

Imagine – the photos of your loved ones that you protect and cherish are damaged and defaced by the people you work side-by-side with on a daily basis.  It is hard enough when anonymous strangers perform such actions.  According to the article, a “noose was created out of twine and placed over a black lieutenant’s family photo.  Several colleagues also drew lewd images on several photos, including one of his wife, and one of his children and their grandmother…”  This is the work environment of a fireman who puts his life at risk daily to serve humanity.

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Learn steps to improve the cooperation in the workplace!

HobsonTraining . Michel Hobson

Learn how to

  • have consideration for the office victim
  • lack of workplace cooperation impacts the witness of workplace bullying
  • workplace bullying and incivility impacts the financial well being of the business
  • to take steps to improve daily interactions
  • to document the bullying behavior
  • prepare for group meetings with the workplace bully

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    Workplace Sexual Harassment  

Tony Goldwyn Talked About His Own Experience With Sexual Harassment In Hollywood

 Buzz Feed News    .   Kristie Lee Yandoli

Maybe you are one of the lucky ones.  One of the people in the workplace who has never experienced sexual harassment.  Or never feared to walk into a performance evaluation with a manager – alone – who you are afraid to be alone with.  Performance appraisals by their nature are conducted 1:1.   We are collectively thankful that you haven’t experience that gut-wrenching, chest tightening fear of being alone in the workplace with someone who you know – or have been warned against – is a harasser, a bully and vindictive when denied.

Tony Goldwyn, of the TV show, Scandal, speaks out in support of a fellow actress and others who have experienced sexual harassment.  When asked why, he states:  “It’s something that we all need to take responsibility for.”

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Weinstein Lesson: Lot to Lose, Little to Gain by Reporting Sex Harassment

 NBC News   .   Elizabeth Chuck

In an interview with the author, one woman summarized the feelings of many women in the workplace who have experienced sexual harassment during their careers – “”We get either accused of lying about it or we have to deal with repercussions — slut-shaming, being blamed for it…”.   That just about sums it up – despite that fact that a reported 1 in 4 women in the workplace will experience sexual harassment.

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SoFi Is Being Sued by an Employee Claiming He Was Fired for Reporting Sexual Harassment

Fortune   .   David Z. Morris

Why did you report it?  A common question asked of those who experience sexual harassment – or any harassment for that matter.

Well, a male, former employee allegedly spoke up and did just that.  As a result of his action, he has filed a California lawsuit alleging that he was fired for reporting sexual harassment of female coworkers – for doing “the right thing”.

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    Disparity  .  Ageism  .  Culture

Corporate Politics and Toxic Environments Are the Real Reasons Women Are ‘Leaning Out

Corporations complain there is not enough talent, even as they ignore work environments that drive away women in their career prime

 Entrepreneur   .   Felena Hanson

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Stop priding yourself on being brutally honest

 the Ladders   .   Rachel Weingarten

Tips for Workplace Honesty:

  • Leave the brutality at home
  • Stay aware of your intention
  • Focus on the recipient’s perception
  • Decide long term goal

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