Apr 24 2014

More professionals are turning to self defense classes

Handgun trainingBy Nick DiMarco

More twenty-somethings and young adults are turning to self defense classes in the wake of high-profile workplace mass casualties.

“We’re definitely seeing an increase in the amount of people who are coming to take self defense classes,” Tzviel “BK” Blankchtein, owner of Masada Tactical, said. “As a general rule, because we are strictly self defense and not a martial art or a sports fighting type system … we see a lot more of young professionals [like] lawyers, attorneys, teachers, physicians and nurses.”

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Apr 23 2014

Employees take on bullying

Minnesota DailyBy Meghan Holden

Bullying isn’t just a problem in middle schools.

University of Minnesota officials are addressing bullying in the workplace, but some say the issue stems from the top and the institution’s leaders need to set a better example.

The Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action commonly reviews cases in which University employees report harassment or discrimination against their supervisors, office director Kim Hewitt said.

The office held a workplace bullying workshop Tuesday at the McNamara Alumni Center to provide resources and discuss the issue with faculty and staff. Some employees said creating a friendlier work environment should begin with supervisors and administrators showing their subordinates respect.

Read the entire article on: Minnesota Daily

Related: Help for anyone being bullied at work

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Apr 22 2014

Canada: “Kick In The Butt” Excuses Co-Worker’s Punch In The Mouth

Andy Pushalik By Andy Pushalik

Does a “kick in the butt” excuse a punch in the mouth? That was the question facing the Court in the recent case of Li v Furguson, 2013 CanLII 91746 (Ont. Sm. Cl. Ct.).

Peng Li and Winston Furguson worked in the shipping and receiving department of a furniture company. Li and Furguson’s coexistence was initially uneventful; however, their relationship had begun to disintegrate following allegations by Li that Furguson was stealing from the company.

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Apr 21 2014

Nurse stabbings raise questions on hospital violence

Hospital Emergency SignBy Katie Sullivan

Violence against workers continues to plague U.S. hospitals, with two separate stabbings injuring two nurses in Los Angeles, one of them critically.

Police said Romero Carnalla of Los Angeles allegedly bypassed the weapons screening area at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center in Sylmar and stabbed a nurse several times in the torso, according to the Associated Press. Police took Carnalla into custody and recovered the knife used in the stabbing. The nurse is in critical condition at the hospital, according to the article.

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Apr 17 2014

Seminar: Strategies to address and eliminate disruptive behavior in the workplace

TITLEBy Renee Thompson

Bullying in healthcare is a problem. It’s pervasive, destructive, and negatively impacts individuals, the nursing profession, the workplace, and ultimately the patients. One reason bullying has continued to thrive is because we haven’t learned how to address the behavior in our work environment. We often turn the other cheek, thus perpetuating the problem. When you add unresolved conflict into the environment, relationships and our ability to provide high quality, safe patient care suffers.

The good news is that it doesn’t have to be this way. This seminar teaches participants how to eliminate bad behavior, resolve conflict; and create nurturing and supportive work environments where nurses and patients thrive!

Read the entire article on: RTConnections.com

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Apr 16 2014

The legal ramifications of workplace bullying

Jonathan Trafimow, a partner and chairman of the employment law practice group at Moritt Hock & Hamroff in Garden City.By Bernadette Starzee

The much-publicized investigation into alleged bullying on the Miami Dolphins football team has brought workplace bullying into the national spotlight.

More than a third of American workers say they’ve been bullied at work, according to a survey by the Workplace Bullying Institute, a national organization that defines workplace bullying as repeated, health-harming abusive conduct committed by bosses and/or co-workers. This may include verbal abuse, intimidation, humiliation and sabotage that prevents work from getting done.

While bullying is not healthy for the victim or the workplace, it’s not necessarily unlawful. Though so-called “Healthy Workplace” bills have been introduced in 26 states since 2003, including New York, none of these anti-bullying bills have become law.

Read the entire article on: Long Island Business News

Related: Help for anyone being bullied at work

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