Workplace Bullying

Wow! This video, posted online by the advocacy group Dignity Together, is the best summary of workplace bullying that I’ve seen. The target of the bullying is not the problem or the solution, yet employers often treat them as if they’re responsible for the abuser’s actions. Without intervention, the problem will get worse, and there […]

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Those Little Things…

At work. Had recently bought a basket from the dollar store for our rubber bands. Noticed an unopened package of colorful rubber bands. Mixed them into the bland-colored ones. Somehow it’s mesmerizing. At a Fourth of July parade. A brigade of Minis drives by. One had these hilarious signs on his car. No, it’s not […]

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Leap Day William

(Pinning this to the top of the blog so that people get excited because LEAP DAY WILLIAM IS ALMOST HERE!!! February 29th, 2020! Originally posted in 2016.) Has Leap Day William visited you yet this February 29th? I wasn’t sure if he knew what time my workplace closed so donned a blue coat, bought a […]

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Pet Tracker

Unfortunately, when a pet goes missing, the perception that it’s a bona fide family member doesn’t hold up. When a child disappears, the community throws all its resources into bringing him or her safely home. When a beloved dog or cat disappears, it’s just that: LOST DOG, two words on a poster that most people […]

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Being Professional

When was the last time you walked into a business and wanted to go back because of the generic, cardboard treatment you received at the hands of an emotionless drone? Probably never, right? Over the years I’ve pondered what, exactly, constitutes professional behavior. We see unprofessional behavior all the time– laziness, swearing, bullying, people who […]

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This short article about Coach Pete Carroll’s leadership style and practicing respect reflects something I’ve been saying for years: people should not be in leadership or management positions unless they can treat others with respect.

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Workplace Mobbing

Bullying at Work: Workplace Mobbing is on the Rise | World of Psychology. Over on PsychCentral’s site, Australian psychologist Dr. Sophie Henshaw has posted a must-read on workplace bullying. The article begins: Mobbing is “bullying on steroids,” a horrifying new trend whereby a bully enlists co-workers to collude in a relentless campaign of psychological terror […]

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You first heard my concerns about doubtfizzling in a 2011 post on the misuse of apostrophes, Apostrophe Madness. Do you ever look at a word so long when you’re trying to spell it that you start doubting it’s really a word? Tacoma. Ta-co-ma. Tacoma. Yeah, that’s right. Taco-MAHHH! (like the evil priest shouting “Kali Ma!” in Temple […]

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