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Bully in sight
How to predict, resist, challenge and combat workplace bullying
Overcoming the silence and denial by which abuse thrives
by
Tim Field DBA (Hon) BSc (Hons)

Foreword by Diana Lamplugh OBE
ISBN 0952912104
Paperback, 16 chapters, 384 pages, resources, index

Building on and inspired by the pioneering work of the late Andrea Adams, Tim Field 's book provides new insight into workplace bullying and the climate of downsizing, restructuring and delayering in which bullying thrives. Budget cuts in the public sector are resulting in record levels of bullying (38% in Lyn Quine's survey in the BMJ), with teachers, nurses, social workers and charity/voluntary sector employees forming the four largest groups of callers to Tim Field's UK National Workplace Bullying Advice Line. In Bully in sight, OFSTED and its chief inspector Chris Woodhead come in for particular criticism for ill-conceived inspection mentality and lack of accountability.

"Will be eagerly read by those waiting for an update [to Andrea Adams' book]"
Times Educational Supplement 7/3/97

"Powerful, compassionate, practical" Nursing Times, 1/1/97

"Extraordinary... rarely in my life have I read a book with such impact."

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"After a long meeting at which I portrayed my boss's behaviour for what it was - that of a bully - and described how I now felt, he then suggested that I was perhaps `mentally ill'. Unfortunately I didn't have the wit or insight at the time to make it unambiguously and unequivocally clear that the state of my mental health was a direct consequence of his behaviour. In missing this opportunity, I was in danger of falling into the mental health trap. I was fortunate that his amateur diagnosis was treated with the contempt it deserved by the health professionals within the company. Many people are not so fortunate"

"It felt as though our company had developed an unwritten policy that achievement of budget targets was paramount, and if there were a few human casualties on the way, that was unfortunate, but an acceptable price to pay. As one of the casualties, I beg to differ."

Employees quoted in Bully in sight

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In this ground-breaking book, you will learn

Bully in sight is in two parts; part one describes and defines bullying, part two tells you what you can do about it.

Part 1: what is bullying?

Chapter 1: overview, common excuses and euphemisms, why bullying happens, what can be done
Chapter 2: bullying in education, the consequences of the imposition of league tables, the disastrous effects of OFSTED
Chapter 3: what bullying is, how bullying manifests itself, the predictable process of bullying, what to do about it, serial bullying, bullying phases, bully behaviours, how bullies get away with it, denial
Chapter 4: characteristics of the serial bullying and corporate clone, bully behaviours
Chapter 5: the bully's hold explained, physical bullying, maintaining the hold, conscience, compulsive lying, psychopathic personality, bully sayings, bully profile, facing up to the bully
Chapter 6: bullying strategies and tactics revealed
Chapter 7: how the target thinks, feels and reacts, how bullies target their victims, resistance to subjugation, what to watch out for, how and why people put up with bullying, profile of the bullied person
Chapter 8: effects of bullying on health, hypervigilance, suicidal thoughts, the mental health trap, mental illness and psychiatric injury stress breakdown, trauma, PTSD, Prolonged Duress Stress Disorder (PDSD), stress and injury to health, effects on relationships
Chapter 9: cost of bullying and stress to employers and employees, individuals and families
Chapter 10: identifying the causes of bullying, what stimulates bullying, corporate bullying, inflexibility and imposition, benefits of regular reorganisation, perceived poor management, cutting costs by cutting staff, abuse of work force, image, culture, clues to look for, why people bully, the origins of bullying in childhood

Part 2: how to challenge and combat workplace bullying

Chapter 11: how to identify and expose the bully, the 15 step unmasking process
Chapter 12: standing up for yourself, options,  assertive behaviour, handling criticism, dealing with guilt
Chapter 13: what to do if you're being bullied, practical advice from co-operation through conciliation and mediation to negotiation, confrontation and legal action
Chapter 14: using the law, laws relevant to bullying, the UK court system, industrial tribunals, what you need to know about constructive dismissal, time limits, previous tribunal decisions, case law relevant to bullying, liability, predecessors, preparing your case
Chapter 15: the nine moral issues raised by bullying
Chapter 16: taking action, the way forward, why employers need to take action now, backlash, helping the victim, helping the bully, action for employers, setting up a non-bullying policy, the law and bullying, society's way forward

Resources: recommended reading, details of groups fighting bullying, organisations to contact
Index


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