Mean Girls at Work: The two-headed snake — and what to do about it

Bobbie J Fox photoBy Bobbie Fox
SCF attorney
In a previous blog posting, I reported that women are the workplace bully 40 percent of the time and their bullying is directed at other women 80 percent of the time.

To be aware of workplace bullying, you must first know what it is. One definition of workplace bullying* is an attempt to control a person by repeated, health-harming mistreatment of one or more persons (the targets) by one or more perpetrators that takes one or more of the following forms:

  • Verbal abuse
  • Offensive conduct/behaviors (including nonverbal) which are threatening, humiliating, or intimidating
  • Work interference – sabotage – which prevents work from getting done.” Continue reading

Lightning safety tips for outdoor workers

With Arizona workers in the peak of outdoor projects and the annual monsoon nearing its end, there may not be a better time for local employers to review lightning-related workplace safety tips with an outdoor workforce. Although most people believe it’s highly unlikely to be struck by lightning, the National Weather Service (NWS) reports people actually have a one in 10,000 chance of getting struck during their lifetime. Continue reading

Employers face new issues as workers reach retirement years

With retirement concerns and inadequate savings accounts in the forefront of many workers’ minds, more Arizona residents are choosing to continue working years after the conventional retirement age. Although working into retirement has definite financial benefits for people who were affected by economic woes during the recession, it opens a whole new can of worms for employers. Specifically, what to do when workers get too old for a specific job. Continue reading