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Workplace Bullying in Office Space Movie …
<p>Discuss about the Workplace Bullying in Office Space Movie. </p><div readability=”64″>
<p>Bullying is a serious issue in the workplace. Workplace bullying does not only hurt those involved but the entire workplace resulting in lost productivity which costs organizations dearly. Bullying is a common issue in nearly all organizations as about one in six employees have been bullied. Workplace bullying may entail verbal, social, physical or psychological abuse by an employee to another employee, employer to an employee or vice versa. In most cases, bullying is usually carried out to undermine an individual through humiliation. The movie Office Space is a perfect example of various variations of workplace bullying.</p>
<p>Workplace bullying in the movie is highlighted when management decides to eliminate Michael and Samir’s job without informing them (Judge et al., 2002). They learn about the elimination through their colleague, Peter, who relays the news to them. Milton who is a loyal employee also gets bullied by the management when the management decides to lay him off without informing him. The management even decides to move Milton’s office into the basement and decides to cut off his paycheck without warning. This is a workplace bullying situation. Milton’s boss is deceitful by not informing him that he is being laid off. The decision by Milton’s boss to move his office to the basement is a deliberate move aimed at hurting Milton’s feelings. Finally, Milton’s boss shows no remorse for what he does to Milton because he knows that the boss-subordinate relationship he has with Milton makes it hard for Milton to confront him.</p>
<p>People who are bullied often experience serious psychological and physical ailments which can adversely affect their work and home life. They tend to feel scared, stressed and depressed. Bullying can also make people lack confidence in themselves as well as take away their happiness which often make people irritable and results in bitterness. In the movie, Michael and Samir who are being bullied by the management are probably feeling irritated and bitter. Together with their colleagues, Peter, they decide to take revenge by infecting the organization’s accounting system with a computer virus designed to channel a small fraction of the company’s money to a bank account. The fraction channeled although small would result into a substantial loss in the long run. Michael and Samir also react to being bullied by stealing the organization’s frequently malfunctioning computer and smashing it in a field as a way of venting their frustrations.</p>
<p>I think the bullying behavior offers the bully satisfaction in their ability to attack others while it also makes the bully feel more powerful than others. If I were in the situation of being bullied, my response would be to approach the bully to tell the person that the behavior is unwanted. If I witnessed a colleague experiencing workplace bullying, I would befriend the colleague and advise the person to document all the bullying incidences then approach the bully to tell the person that the behavior is unacceptable. If the behavior continues, I would advise the colleague to report the person to management for intervention.</p>
<p>As a manager, if I witness a bullying situation among employees, I would address it the right way while following the company’s guidelines for addressing workplace bullying. If I reported a workplace bullying situation and am not taken seriously, I would document everything then speak out and seek help from outside my employer. I would support a colleague who reported a bullying situation by offering them moral and practical support. I would also offer them political support by using my power and influence within an organization to help them tackle the problem. </p>

<p>Judge, M., Livingston, R., Aniston, J., Root, S., Cole, G., Naidu, A., &amp; Herman, D. (2002). Office space. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.</p>
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Russell Bell: True leadership required to put an end to …
<div><img src=”×675/filters:quality(70)/” class=”ff-og-image-inserted”></div><p>Bullying is encountered in the workplace as much as in everyday life. Photo / File</p><div id xmlns:xlink=””><p class><strong>OPINION:</strong><br>From time to time find myself auditing things like expenditure and my son’s spending of leisure time on the Playstation, for example.</p><p class>
<span class=”ellipsis”>On that theme, I recently audited my Facebook page just to see if</span>

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Mind Your Manners: Handling a workplace bully with grace …
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<div class=”subscriber-preview”><p>Five years ago, I landed my dream job and I loved it, until last June when my boss hired a much-needed new associate. At the time, my fellow coworkers were thrilled to have him join our team. However, the honeymoon was short lived. The new hire is rude, dismissive, insulting, condescending and inconsiderate. He is a downright bully. His behavior has not only affected me, but also the whole office. I no longer enjoy coming to work. In fact, I feel physically sick every morning wondering what this guy will do. I waited so long to find a job I truly enjoy, but I’m afraid I won’t be able to last much longer. I’m barely hanging on because of this very inconsiderate person. Do you have any suggestions?</p></div><div class=”subscriber-only”><p>RPS (Rude People Suck)</p></div><div class=”subscriber-only”><p>I am so sorry you are experiencing such a rude person whom you have described as a bully. According to many authorities on the subject, you may be experiencing workplace bullying if you are repeatedly insulted, put down, criticized or talked over during meetings; if another person takes credit for, or sabotages your work; or if someone spreads false rumors or gossips about you.</p></div><div class=”subscriber-only”><p>Sadly, you are not alone. An Oct. 11, 2019, article in Forbes Magazine by Bryan Robinson, titled “New Study Says Workplace Bullying On The Rise: What You Can Do During National Bullying Prevention Month,” mentions a 2008 poll on workplace bullying. The poll indicated that as high as 75% of the workforce reported being affected.</p></div><div class=”subscriber-only”><p>Moving forward, a 2019 <a href=””></a> survey found that nearly 94% of almost 3,000 employees said they had been bullied in the workplace. That’s an increase of close to 20% in the last eleven years.</p></div><div class=”subscriber-only”><h3>It may affect your health</h3></div><div class=”subscriber-only”><p>Being bullied at work is not innocuous. It can affect both your mental and physical health, which may result in hypertension, sleeplessness, gastrointestinal disorders, mood swings, anxiety, panic attacks, clinical depression, migraine headaches, relapse of previously controlled addictions and even post-traumatic stress disorder.</p></div><div class=”subscriber-only”><p>In fact, in a separate poll reported in the US Workplace Bullying Survey, 71% of the respondents who were bullied at work were treated by a physician for symptoms. Sixty-three percent of them sought treatment from a mental health professional for symptoms related to their employment. Astoundingly, some estimates show that it may take, on average, 22 months for an employee to overcome the effects of workplace bullying.</p></div><div class=”subscriber-only”><h3>Bullying may affect a business’s economic success</h3></div><div class=”subscriber-only”><p>Workplace bullying can also affect the economic success of a business. Minute MBA by <a href=””></a> produced a video titled “The True Cost of a Bad Boss,” which describes how rude and inconsiderate bosses affect workers. It estimated that bad bosses may cost the economy upwards of $360 billion. Businesses or organizations which either ignore or fail to adequately address this experience higher employee turnover rates, less revenue per employee, increased absences and more. A wise friend once told me, “Most employees don’t leave their job because they don’t like their work; they leave because they don’t like their boss.”</p></div><div class=”subscriber-only”><p>Further, a study discussed in the book “The Cost of Bad Behavior: How Incivility is Damaging Your Business and What to do About It” by Christine Porath and Christine Pearson found that employees who feel they are the target of rudeness may decrease their work effort by almost 50%. As many as one in four may take their frustrations out on the customer, client, or in the case of a health care worker, the patient. The quality of their work may also suffer.</p></div><div class=”subscriber-only”><p>Additionally, workers who simply witness bullying may also be affected. They may feel uncomfortable speaking out against the bully in fear of retribution. Some may even lower their work performance to stay under the bully’s radar. Either way, the stress created may cause them to reduce their productivity, and thereby affect the bottom line of the business or organization.</p></div><div class=”subscriber-only”><h3>What if the bully is your boss?</h3></div><div class=”subscriber-only”><p>On the website <a href=””></a>, workplace consultant Richards discuses bully bosses in an article titled “Bullied No More: The End of Workplace Bullying.”</p></div><div class=”subscriber-only”><p>According to Richards, “Dealing with a bully boss isn’t easy, and if you want the bullying to stop, you’re going to have to put in some work to document a consistent pattern of bullying behavior.</p></div><div class=”subscriber-only”><p>“If your boss flew off the handle one morning and started screaming at you, that could easily be explained away as the bully boss having a ‘bad day.’ We all have bad days.</p></div><div class=”subscriber-only”><p>“However, a consistent pattern of multiple incidents of bullying behavior cannot be easily explained away — especially if this behavior is clearly creating a hostile work environment for you and others.</p></div><div class=”subscriber-only”><p>“Your documentation is the Holy Grail that clearly shows the intent behind the behavior. And if your documentation shows a pattern of intentional destructive behavior, then the organization really has no choice but to take action.”</p></div><div class=”subscriber-only”><h3>What to do about a workplace bully?</h3></div><div class=”subscriber-only”><p>In an April 29, 2019, Healthline article titled “How to Identify and Manage Workplace Bullying,” Crystal Raypoole recommended the following:</p></div><div class=”subscriber-only”><ul><li>Document the bullying. Keep track of all bullying actions in writing. Note the date and time where the bullying took place. Note any other people who may have witnessed the bullying.</li><li>Save physical evidence that may demonstrate bullying. Keep any threatening notes, comments or emails you receive, even if they are unsigned.</li><li>Report the bullying. Your workplace may have a designated person you can talk to if you don’t feel safe talking to your direct supervisor. If your workplace has a human resource department, that is a good place to start. If you work for a business or organization that does not have a human resource department, or if the bully may be your direct supervisor or boss, then consider contacting the governing board of directors, if available.</li><li>Review work policies. Your employee handbook may outline steps of action or policies against bullying. Also consider reviewing state or even federal policies about the type of bullying you’re experiencing.</li><li>Seek legal guidance. Consider talking to a lawyer, depending on the circumstances of the bullying. Legal action may not always be possible, but a lawyer can offer specific advice.</li><li>Reach out to others. Co-workers may be able to offer support. Talking to your loved ones about the bullying may also help. You can also talk to a therapist. They can provide professional support and help you explore ways to cope with the effects of bullying while you take other action.</li></ul></div><div class=”subscriber-only”><p>Companies or organizations that ignore workplace bullying are accepting a toxic workplace which creates an environment of low morale and performance. They may also be subjecting themselves to potential litigation in the form of harassment or discrimination.</p></div><div class=”subscriber-only”><p>I hope this information helps you. By coming forward about this issue, you may have helped others. A bully in the workplace is a real cancer on any business or organization.</p></div>

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