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). To help you cope with the stress of workplace abuse, I run 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."
Feeling stuck? Learn from experts:
Navigating abuse at work can be a challenge without knowing your legal rights.
In this crash course in what it will look like to go the legal route after abuse at work, employment attorney, National Workplace Bullying Coalition president, and Dignity At Work Act author Jerry Carbo answers your most pressing questions about the legalities of abuse at work, what tends to happen when reporting abuse to an employer, and how working with a lawyer will really work.
Learn evidence-based positive psychology strategies for building emotional resilience.
In part one, Positive EQ's Kirsti Gwynn begins with a look at what the research says about what resilience is, why it’s important, and whether it can be developed.
Then in the following three parts, you’ll learn how to think differently about challenging experiences, relieve and process stress, and develop self-trust — what you may have lost while abused at work.
As you encounter days you want to forget and frustration you’re dying to finally move beyond, your longing for something different is growing, and so is your motivation to change.
This longing and motivation is key to where you're headed in life. Aligning with our true desires gives us courage. It brings us in touch with what feels right for us, making it easier to see opportunities and act on them. Learn to let yourself want more, connect to your vision, get strong, and sustain your power with career coach Julie Boyer.
When we miss the red flags that a boss or co-worker is high conflict, we may find ourselves in a downward spiral of loss: health, finances, relationships, confidence, self-worth, and more.
But it's never too late to see a toxic work situation with more clarity and take action to change course.
Join me with Susan Forster, an expert in workplace communication, leadership, and cultural change, as we reveal the four red flags of bullying at work — and tools we can use to address the bullying.
Whether you're currently in a toxic work environment wondering, "what can I do to stop this maddening injustice?" or out of the toxic workplace but still wondering, "when will this pain end?," know that you can navigate and heal from abuse at work.
In this summit, you'll learn how to cope with workplace bullying, manage stress, rebuild trust, deal with anxiety, be resilient, reframe, and find your purpose.
If you're wondering, “how do I cope with a culture in which I don’t feel valued?,” join us to look at the overall culture, toxic work cultures, and how to cope in them.
In this summit, you'll learn what safe cultures look like, how to self-advocate to self-belong, how to make choices for change, and how collective action get bring about real change.
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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