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Posted June 9, 2012
Patricia Barnes book, SURVIVING BULLIES, QUEEN BEES & PSYCHOPATHS should be read by every legislator, journalist, victim, HR, Union, and others dealing with this issue. This book goes beyond narrowly focused agendas to educate the reader and raise the level of dialog on this topic to encourage a wide variety of solutions. For years I have been making documentaries about workplace bullying and that has given me the opportunity to talk to a variety of international experts. I quickly recognized that the U.S. is far behind in the effort to seek a deeper understanding of workplace bullying that goes beyond the media's "good guy vs bad guy" framing and simple - and often inadequate - solutions. As Barnes says at the end of her book: "The time is long, long overdue for the U.S. government to act to protect the workers who built and sustain this country from the unjust and needless carnage of workplace bullying." This book is an excellent resource that I highly recommend - Beverly Peterson, Filmmaker and educatorWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 3, 2012
If you think you’re being bullied at work, read this book. It could help preserve your mental and physical health, your job, and maybe even your life. If you’re an employer, you’d better read it, too. Workplace abuse has a high cost in sick time, needless employee turnover (a toxic boss affects more than just the target), and litigation. Author Patricia Barnes explains the difference between normal workplace conflict and abuse, providing real life examples, including documented cases of workers driven to suicide; lists of bullying behaviors; and theories as to why some people bully and other people become targets. Then she provides a step-by-step guide to documenting the pattern of abuse and dealing with it, as well as an overview of applicable state and federal law.
The author turns the spotlight that’s currently directed at school bullying to workplace bullying, and it is long overdue. As she points out, no workplace is perfect. “Most jobs are, at least some of the time, will be dispiriting and unfulfilling.” But no job should be soul-stomping. This book is highly recommended for its fact-filled, accessibly written, unemotional take on a little recognized social problem.