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Workplace Bullying Is A Core Element Of Management
Bullying or mobbing exist in the workplace because those in charge, both management and unions, nurture it. The workplace culture and it's rules have failed miserably. The workplace must value human life in meaningful ways and not just in snazzy posters.
Laws, labor contracts, investigation procedures, etc, have to change otherwise only superficial improvements can be made to stop office bullying.
Working in a unionized setting I have seen appalling atrocities that destroy and end lives. The ultimate goal is to destroy, often kill the victim and send both the victim and the family through enormous life time suffering. It's no wonder that employees go postal when day after day they hear workers telling them they are so worthless that suicide is the only option, mocking physical appearance continuously, demeaning work, spreading defamation, etc. This is happening because management, unions, corporate boards, courts, media, etc condone it, either directly or by looking the other way.
To validate bullying and protect themselves, bulliers adopt any demeaning tactic to defame, isolate and dehumanize their victims. Honest, law abiding, long standing, hard working individuals are bombarded with bizarre and inflammatory accusations of being anything from thieves to pedophiles, no low is too low for bulliers. The point is that once the victim is dead or declared mentally incompetent the defamation joy ride will be consequence free. The attitude is get on the wagon and suck up to your leaders like good nazis rounding up Jews for the crematorium.
The end goal of bullying being to cause death. Death of self respect, career, livelihood, happiness, the victim's life and possibly other lives like those of the victim's family which the abusers see as as insignificant collateral damage of their atrocities.
The key to workplace bullying success is to incorporate false accusations of criminal and or sexual misconduct. The latter in particular gives the bulliers a teflon shield which serves to validate their atrocities.
Acknowledging workplace bullying is a good start but nothing will change unless the protection used by bulliers is addressed. False testimony is rampant in court hearings such as the Milgard case in Canada. If courts don't get honest evidence how likely is it that co-workers, under the approving eye of their leaders, will tell the truth? Not likely. Police used polygraphs to get to the truth in the Milgard case. The extremely severe consequences of mobbing cases demand the same type of scrutiny.
Unions sold out their members by refusing to keep records of (usually secret) disciplinary hearings so accountability is completely non-existent.
Bullying, along with the victim's suffering such as suicide, divorce, poverty, etc are all part of leadership's objectives. Until the rules change to hold our leaders accountable, good, but only limited improvements can be made.