During my childhood my family moved several times, including a stint overseas, which resulted in my attending six different schools during my pre-college years. That means I averaged a maximum of two years at any given district before we up and moved again.
While not unique to me (my sisters and brother didn’t have an easy go of it I'm sure), it seemed that I was getting in fights at every new school as the resident bully had to assert his “alpha-ness” against the new kid.
Despite those physical tests, I learned internal coping skills that have helped me mature. And according to a recent story in Parade Magazine adults may need to marshal those skills as reports of workplace “bullying” are on the rise. Here’s the link: http://tinyurl.com/39xmwn9
Basically, the core of the story focuses around a recent Zogby poll that found almost 50 percent of U.S. employees have witnessed or been victim to a workplace bully. It’s important to note that the study was funded by the Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI) so the study results should be viewed with that light.
Perhaps the best solution for bullying on the job would be for those directly involved to air everything out during a working lunch session – possibly over a fresh knuckle sandwich and a refreshing glass bottle of San Pellegrino to the head of the offender.
Of course I’m joking but the idea of a boardroom Fight Club is provocative – perhaps we should hire Tyler Durden to facilitate the meeting!