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Jhonnie Walker on 22 May 2014

The problem of children bullying each other is not new. Most of us have encountered a bully at some point in our lives. Usually parents worry about their child becoming the victim to a bully in school. It is often quite a surprise for parents to find out that their child is the one doing the bullying. As upsetting as it is to discover this behavior, you must stay calm. To successfully help your child, you must go about resolving the problem the appropriate way.Luckily, after reading articles online, I found a perfect solution that has been working perfectly for your children and the rest of the family. Check this link: http://safekidzone.com/?a_aid=52f12fafd5de8

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DB on 24 May 2014

Yes, it exists, and clearly it is not rare, unfortunately. I experienced the same issues, and I am not meek or weak by any means. It is virtually inexplicable, and generally focused around power politics and elitism (class warfare?) at the executive levels. But there has to be some deeper, darker side to it. Even Ed Yourdon in his book alludes to it as a primary interview question for CIOs. I believe it is both an executive and HR issue. The executive level must see/sense it, acknowledge it, and have the good sense to do something about it and stop it in it's tracks--human relations and job satisfaction at all levels shouldn't take the back seat to appeasing a bully in an "important" position. If the executives allow the culture, then it is systemic abuse and HR should be the resolution--however, that will have a negative effect in the victim and whistleblower. That is why the true fix is at the C-suite (almost exclusively) and/or VP level. And the C level must make it clear there is ZERO Tolerance for overt bullying.

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carlos on 24 May 2014

Jhonnie, Did you read this article? Its about bully tactics at work and victims. There is a great book "The No Asshole Rule" by Robert Sutton. Everywhere you go there are A**holes at work and in life, people without a filter who hurt and crush people in life. There are also mean spirited coworkers and supervisors who enjoy seeing pain and suffering in others. This power trip only can be squashed by not hiring or promoting people known with bad social behaviors, otherwise it is best to move on to a better lower paying position. Maybe take a motivational course and bark back at the barkers. At some point everyone must stand up show some character.

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Patricia Shannon on 24 May 2014

A result of the targeting of competent people is that they are driven out, or at least not allowed to be as productive as they could be, leading to inferior products. From my experience in the work place, I have concluded that the only reason most companies are able to stay in business is that their competitors are equally incompetent.

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Laurens L Battis III on 24 May 2014

This is an organized program throughout IT and other high-tech industries. It is an off-shoot of organized programs in elementary schools throughout the Nation. It is organized through universities and corportions in the United States. This is easily provable. In this case it is aimed at transforming American IT. I was CIO/CTO/CSO of a midsize corporation when this happened to me in 2007-2008. When I investigated what the root causes of this phenomenon were, it took me down the Rabbit-Hole and has provided me with a new career. Publishing! There is a corporate overthrow called the New World Order being effected. It has been proceeding rapidly in the United States since WWII. Eisenhower warned of it, calling it the Military-Industrial Complex. This is what bullied Alex. This is what is changing America for the worse. Alex, you are not alone.

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vnmaster on 25 May 2014

My wife worked for a DOW 30 company. She is very meticulous and worked diligently. She complained about another manager giving her tons of work. Instead of attending to her request her manager puts her on probation. Then as the years go by she gets another manager who has no IT background, becomes her IT manager. the manager is verbally abusive. My wife takes it in stride. Keeps getting more and more abused. She is laid of. My wife gets admitted to the hospital and six years later she is still suffering from depression and unable to ever go back to work. I wish I knew what to do. I did not. Workplace bullying is very rampant in IT industry and there should be a law to put it in check

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Anthony E. Scandora, Jr. on 25 May 2014

Tech might be worse than other industries, but bullying is prevalent across our society. I once worked for a severely abusive business owner and learned to ignore him while earning paychecks until I found a decent employer. I once saw a new employee start at 8:30 and leave crying before 10:00 on her first day. I have seen countless worthless and counterproductive employees, major drains on corporate resources, manage to get away with bullying useful employees while conning their clueless bosses into supporting their malice. I know college students who write papers that agree with their teachers’ extreme political positions, even though the "facts" in the papers are lies and the students do not buy their teachers’ views. Supporting their own views, no matter how well, or presenting verifiable facts would earn lousy if passing grades, so the students know what to do. I know young students who can beat up the little kids on the playgrounds out of sight of the lunch moms and then go into the classrooms like Eddie Haskell and Mrs. Cleaver. Then they grow up to bully graduation speakers. Two years ago many ganged up on the Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover girl for being fat. Say what? Some principals and teachers will listen to victims and set up to catch bullies red handed. Some teachers require debate on both sides of controversial issues. Some even require their students sometimes to debate positions they disagree with. Some businesses have developed a culture of mutual respect for all who share the goal of making their endeavor successful. I have seen significantly increased bullying across most of our society over the years. Remediation will come from parents who demand it from schools, students who demand it from colleges, business leaders who realize good culture is good business, and individuals who seek healthy environments. Charm school at the least would be in order for some of both right- and left-wing media personalities, and muzzles for the rest. None of that will be easy, but letting bullying get farther out of control would be worse.

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Steven Shepard on 25 May 2014

I do IT field service. Where I see attempts at bullying and brow beating are from telephone technical support crews who attempt to tell me how to conduct and execute my service calls. As far as I am concerned when I am on site I am the pilot on this assignment and I don't take any crap from someone on the other end of a telephone line. The foreign tech supporters are the most worse. I make a point of putting them in line quickly and the service call proceeds at my command.

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Kim Berra on 26 May 2014

Good and insightful text - but I am concerned about this sentence: "Yet throughout our conversation, it is plain to see that Alex is extremely bright and analytical; not overtly weak or emotional." I mean, what if the were? Being weak and emotional is not bad, not ugly and not non-trustworthy. Neither women nor men have to be analytic, clear and especially self-possesing to become a vicim of bullying and to suffer of it. I think we should get a critical view on the bullier, not on the victims, like your articel does it most of the time. Also here come gender aspects into play, which are unfortunately overlooked here.

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Bob Roberts on 27 May 2014

At a certain large company who's bosses are Bill and Steve, they actually give employees a week long course on how to talk to them so they won't quit after they are abused.

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Fiddlesticks on 27 May 2014

What makes this issue unique, and in some ways worse, for IT, is that in America, IT managers are often brought in from other departments. The managers didn't work their way up by being technically proficient. They have no sweat equity in the systems built by their employees and are insecure about their lack of practical knowledge, despite their executive sponsors reassuring them that their "knowledge of the real business" is all that matters.

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unknown on 28 May 2014

It is not bullying, it is lack of knowledge. People should go to work and find solutions to issues boosting their prosperity and employer worth or interest. There is no reason adults should face such immaturity.

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TRCIII on 29 May 2014

Much like the overblown issue of gun deaths in America, bullying is not any more rampant in the school or workplace, or more endemic to any particular industry than any other…it’s just getting better publicity and national exposure to feed the media mills. And the reason it “sells” media ratings, is largely because of the current generation of children entering the workplaces and schoolplaces who are still windburned from the prop wash of their helicopter moms hovering over them since birth. Those mommies need to feel justified for the protective, hand-sanitized bubble they kept around their hothouse plants, and are starving for validation that the world is a terrifying, evil place and that they were right to guard their children as long as possible. And even now that they’re grown, just LOOK at how horrible it is out there! Come home to mommy, angel, and she’ll make it all better! In several decades of having worked in a variety of states, jobs and industries, I have never been bullied once, have never seen bullying in the workplace, don’t know anyone personally who has suffered or seen such an event, and yet, it’s a “problem” of such magnitude that it’s worthy of national attention, a media frenzy and congressional legislation. Does bigotry and discrimination exist? Certainly. I’ve seen it. Sexual harassment? Undoubtedly. I know people it’s happened to. But has bullying suddenly become an epidemic of tsunami proportions, justifying the millions we’re going to be forced to spend to elevate people’s “awareness” and counter this horrifying “new” development? I don’t think so.

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