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Lecture on ECO System on Workplace bullying- OCT 27. 2pm EST. Boston University

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Center for Character and Social Responsibility

Occasional Seminar Series (free event)

2:00– 3:30 PM

October 27, 2021

People, Places, Things: A comprehensive eco system model of workplace bullying in higher education

 

 

Leah P. Hollis, Ed.D

Associate Professor of Advanced Studies, Leadership, and Policy

College of Education and Urban Studies

Morgan State University

Senior Scholar

Center for Character and Social Responsibility

 

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In the past decade, several scholars have examined the antecedents and causes of workplace bullying. We have examined the psychological position of the bully, the involvement of leadership, and potential health problems. However, it appears to date there has not been a study that exams the ECO system of workplace bullying, that is how do all these elements work together to create hostile work environments in higher education that support bullying.  Therefore, this lecture will offer an Eco system of workplace bullying in higher education, which is the result of 18 in-depth interviews with faculty.  Not only will this lecture present the findings of the extended case study and resulting model, but we will also garner feedback from participants that may contribute to a future integration of the model.

Leah P. Hollis Ed.D., Associate Professor at Morgan State is a noted national and international expert on workplace bullying. Her recent book, Human Resource Perspectives on Workplace Bullying in Higher Education Understanding Vulnerable Employees’ Experiences was released by Routledge Publishers in May 2021.  It empirically examines the structural and organizational problems that sustain workplace bullying and hurt junior faculty, women, people of color, and the LGBTQ community. Other notable work includes The Coercive Community College: Bullying and its Costly Impact on the Mission to Serve Underrepresented Populations, which was released by Emerald publications in 2016.  

 

 

PBS HOUR- check out the article

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Leah Hollis’ work continues to gain national attention.  The PBS Hour has referenced her work on why more black women are saying NO.  They are saying no to enduring mental stress, no to unequal pay, no to harsh and discriminatory work conditions.  Check out the link below!

 

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/why-black-women-are-saying-no

COVID-19 and civility

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The world remains on edge as one of the largest pandemics (Covid-19) sweeps the continents.

Across the United States, at least five states to date have declared a state of emergency. According to CNN, over 300,000 students are out of school across the world, with American institutions like Ohio State, Princeton University, and the University of Southern California moving classes to online. Conferences and flights are canceled, with tensions rising about the pandemic.

This biomedical crisis certainly has people on edge. However, let me remind people that civility belongs even here, especially in working with service employees who are treating the illness or working in places that provide janitorial products to reduce the spread.

Earlier this week, my colleague and I were at a local drug store hunting for the last can of Lysol. The schools in our area are closing, and elders have been told to self-quarantine.  In our hunt, we realized the run on toilet paper, cleansers, and hand sanitizers left shelves bare. As we began our exit, we were shocked to find a man yelling at cursing at the attendant.

“ This is the ++++ plague! Why are you out of stock!”

The young lady behind the register had turned red-faced and her eyes widened.

The man continued his verbal abuse.

“I can’t believe this! Who is your manager!?”

The young attendance was still stunned with the customers in the whole store frozen in disbelief.

In the time of a global crisis, we should find it even more important to be civil to each other.

We all have concerns and fears, but such will not be abated in abusing each other over hand sanitizer and Lysol. Here are some things to consider:

  1. Remember the people working in these stores probably do not want extended exposure to the public in this crisis. Empathize with their experiences.
  2. ‘Please’ and ‘thank you’ are still better than yelling and cursing, regardless of the pandemic.
  3. Look for other solutions to kill germs that you may already have at home (soap, bleach, ammonia) to help sanitize (our grandmothers didn’t have hand sanitizer).
  4. We all need to be a community when this pandemic is curtailed. Be kind to members of your community.

This pandemic should remind everyone just how interconnected we are. In 2020, a number of activities can be conducted online. Course meetings, online shopping, and face time can make self- quarantines more livable. As we all ban together to ward off Covid-19, a kind word is still an anecdote to incivility.

Podcast on Workplace Bullying

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Check out Dr. Leah P. Hollis in her recent podcast with Dr. James Wadley as they discuss her recent conference in Havana, Cuba, upcoming work, and thoughts on how we need to empathize with the humanity in each other.

Workplace bullying Workplace civility

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Workplace bullying, workplace civility

2019 was a hallmark year for Patricia Berkly LLC. Dr. Leah Hollis has published a number of papers regarding the role of leadership in mitigating workplace bullying. Leadership really sets the tone for the organization. Also, Dr. Hollis visited a number of campuses in 2019 for trainings and keynote speeches. Higher education is recognizing that workplace bullying should be eradicated.

Below- check out her campus visits, civic events, and research that focuses on workplace bullying. If you have a professional development day, training, or keynote to address workplace civility or bullying, feel free to contact us!

CONGRATULATIONS! To Dr Hollis on her tenure & promotion!

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Dr. Leah P. Hollis was advanced to associate professor at Morgan State University, a Carnegie Class Research 2 University. With three books on workplace bullying, and over 20 peer reviewed articles specifically on workplace bullying, Dr. Hollis is a leader in research on workplace bullying in American higher education.

This fall she has a hectic schedule with a commitment to Duke University Medical School for a keynote speech. Also, she will give a talk on masculinity and workplace bullying in Havana, Cuba. Her future work will examine diversity issues and workplace bullying, along with health issues and workplace bullying.

CONGRATULATIONS! Dr. Leah Hollis!

Miami University & Metropolitan State

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Dr. Hollis was out again this winter spreading the word about workplace bullying in higher education. First, she visited Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Her two day trip included a training for the School of Education, and the second day she participated on a panel for the Psychology Department.

This March 2019, Dr. Hollis visited Metropolitan State in St. Paul, MN. Her keynote talk for the faculty reflected on how workplace bullying hurts diversity. She also gave some solutions on how leaders can stamp out abusive bullying behaviors.

If you would like Dr. Hollis to visit your campus, contact us directly. Time is overdue to STOP! workplace bullying on campus.

Don’t Let A Bully Rob You Of Good Health

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Don’t Let A Bully Rob You Of Good Health

Don’t Let A Bully Rob You Of Good Health

Don’t Let A Bully Rob You Of Good Health

Don’t Let A Bully Rob You Of Good HealthJulius knows he has been bullied since his arrival on the job.

While Julius was a stand out during the interview and the search committee liked him, his boss is jealous that he earned his masters at Penn. Julius threw a wonderful party for his mother’s retirement. Julius was even quoted in the news. No matter how Julius succeeded, his boss turned up his nose.

On most days, Julius was either strategizing on how to avoid the boss or working diligently to add to his resume and plot his departure At least once a week Julius was yelled at in open meetings. He found his office locked. No one would answer his questions and he soon found himself isolated on the job. He had a few buddies from his last job who were advising him to just get out. Nonetheless, the bullying at work was beyond a distraction. Julius returned to his old habit of smoking. He also realized that at least twice a week, he turned to over- the-counter sleep aids.

Though he was once a healthy young man, while he toiled under the boss’s jealousy, Julius turned to comfort foods more often.

Hamburgers and French fries with a nice beer was his favorite. He watched more television and fought off some depression. While his work didn’t suffer, Julius’ health did. Like most people who work in stressful situation, Julius found that his health was declining. What used to be a simple walk around the block, turned into a tortuous event. Julius’s comfort food choices led to cholesterol issues during his physical. He had even gained 25 pounds and had to buy new clothes. While his work didn’t suffer, his health did. In reflection, Julius realized he indulged in all his bad habits as stress relievers from work. He realized he needed to return to simple things to cut his health risk.

1. Walking – any walking whether around the gym or around the mall can help burn off the stress hormone cortisol that is released into your system during stressful situations

2. Have a support system who can listen to you ( hopefully while you are walking). Talking out the situation can help relieve stress.

3. Consider your options with the job. How long do you REALLY have to stay? Network with colleagues to find a healthier work environment.

4. Recognize that the bullying will not stop without an intervention. Unless leadership intervenes to deal with Julius’ boss, or the boss leaves, the boss will continue.

5. Sometimes the boss who is a bully is insecure. Instead of supporting or recognizing great talent, the boss abuses staff members like Julius.

6.  Dealing with stress is difficult. Forgive yourself for those questionable habits and try to return to healthy habits

Though Julius recognized nothing could be done with the boss, his physical was a real eye opener. Julius realized that people were leaving every year; turnover was common. While he was bidding his time and managing his professional life, Julius realized that he couldn’t let bullying rob him of his health.

Bullying and Brain damage

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Did you know that being stressed out could cause brain damage?

These are the findings from Dr. Klaus Miczek, a Tufts University psychologist. He found a way to replicate bullying for rodents. By placing a larger and aggressive rat in a cage with younger rats, Miczek observed how the more aggressive rat pushed and abused the younger rats.

Those younger rats produced more stress hormones called corticosterone. He also found that his hormone could stay in the brain long after the incident. For young and developing brains of children, such stress creates a higher propensity for drug abuse, alcoholism, anxiety and depression.

Dr. Miczek found that four different incidents, of only five minutes each, had a lasting effect on the rats. In children with higher stress hormones, the immune system is weaker and memory is challenged. Bullying in humans kills nerve cells.

Therefore, those who face bullying for years are not only enduring the abuse at the time, the targets are compromising healthy brain activity to stay in an abusive situation.

For more information on this neuroscience research, please visit Brainfacts.org http://www.brainfacts.org/in-society/in-society/articles/2015/bullying-and-the-brain

Read more posts by Leah Hollis, Ed.D. here. Leah is a contributing blogger for JenningsWire.

Don’t Let A Bully Rob You Of Good Health

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  Julius knows he has been bullied since his arrival on the job.

While Julius was a stand out during the interview and the search committee liked him, his boss is jealous that he earned his masters at Penn. Julius threw a wonderful party for his mother’s retirement. Julius was even quoted in the news. No matter how Julius succeeded, his boss turned up his nose.

On most days, Julius was either strategizing on how to avoid the boss or working diligently to add to his resume and plot his departure At least once a week Julius was yelled at in open meetings. He found his office locked. No one would answer his questions and he soon found himself isolated on the job. He had a few buddies from his last job who were advising him to just get out. Nonetheless, the bullying at work was beyond a distraction. Julius returned to his old habit of smoking. He also realized that at least twice a week, he turned to over- the-counter sleep aids.

Though he was once a healthy young man, while he toiled under the boss’s jealousy, Julius turned to comfort foods more often.

Hamburgers and French fries with a nice beer was his favorite. He watched more television and fought off some depression. While his work didn’t suffer, Julius’ health did. Like most people who work in stressful situation, Julius found that his health was declining. What used to be a simple walk around the block, turned into a tortuous event. Julius’s comfort food choices led to cholesterol issues during his physical. He had even gained 25 pounds and had to buy new clothes. While his work didn’t suffer, his health did. In reflection, Julius realized he indulged in all his bad habits as stress relievers from work. He realized he needed to return to simple things to cut his health risk.

1. Walking – any walking whether around the gym or around the mall can help burn off the stress hormone cortisol that is released into your system during stressful situations

2. Have a support system who can listen to you ( hopefully while you are walking). Talking out the situation can help relieve stress.

3. Consider your options with the job. How long do you REALLY have to stay? Network with colleagues to find a healthier work environment.

4. Recognize that the bullying will not stop without an intervention. Unless leadership intervenes to deal with Julius’ boss, or the boss leaves, the boss will continue.

5. Sometimes the boss who is a bully is insecure. Instead of supporting or recognizing great talent, the boss abuses staff members like Julius.

6.  Dealing with stress is difficult. Forgive yourself for those questionable habits and try to return to healthy habits

Though Julius recognized nothing could be done with the boss, his physical was a real eye opener. Julius realized that people were leaving every year; turnover was common. While he was bidding his time and managing his professional life, Julius realized that he couldn’t let bullying rob him of his health.