When a person in power (a manager or supervisor) abuses that power over a less powerful employee, we call that workplace abuse or workplace bullying. Most bullying — generally rooted in the one with power feeling threatened by a competent, ethical subordinate — involves undermining confidence and performance by isolating and putting the target down. Abuse of power generally takes the form of verbal abuse or sabotage but can involve any form of physical, mental, social, electronic, political, or financial mistreatment.
It's an epidemic that affects as much as 90 percent of the working population during their careers. (That's not a typo.)
Workplace stress is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. (that's right — FIFTH). Through Friday, January 29th, I'm running TWO bootcamps:
"If you're experiencing, have experienced, or just want to learn more about workplace abuse, this is the course to take. The online modules will walk you through the experience of workplace abuse, explaining why it happens, options for best ways to handle it, and how to take care of yourself in the process. The information provided is insightful, full of resources, and easy to understand. Another benefit to this unique program are the live chats. The ability to share your thoughts and discuss the program was one of my favorite parts."
"The course gave me effective solutions that I wished that I knew about when I was going through my workplace bullying experience. I would’ve made different choices."
"I have studied this phenomenon for over a year, and this course added so much more to my knowledge base. I highly recommend this course to anyone working in an organization. My only wish is that I would have taken the class sooner. Deb is a true expert in this field and in her, you will find a safe and welcoming place to TAKE BACK YOUR POWER!"
"I love, LOVE this course!"
"My biggest take away was knowing that I'm not alone in this horrible experience with an unhealthy workplace. Unhealthy environments are ruining lives and increasing suicide."
I believe all employees deserve dignity and respect at work for well-being. I help employees define themselves according to their own values and teach their employers how to get results by focusing on employees' power.
I built a base of more than 10,000 workplace anti-bullying legislation supporters, the largest by state in the nation. I've helped hundreds of abused employees understand their abuse situations, discover their self-worth, and learn how to move on from their toxic work cultures. I've been quoted in numerous media outlets including Redbook, Forbes, Monster, Alternet, Elephant Journal, Thrive Global, and Truthout.
I serve on the board of the National Workplace Bullying Coalition and host the "Screw the Hierarchy" podcast.
Email me at [email protected].
Here's to defining ourselves on our own terms.
— Deb Falzoi
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