14 Feb Autism Workplace Bullying
Bullying in the workplace is detrimental for everyone, and the impact on the victim can damage their self-esteem as well as their sense of well-being. Some people will try to cover up their bullying by claiming that they were “just joking”, which is no excuse for cruel behavior. In this video, a highly successful professional who is on the spectrum shares her personal experiences in the workplace, as well as how she coped with them.
In this video interview, Shannon Penrod of Autism Live talks with author and anesthetist Anita Lesko. Anita discusses various forms of workplace harassment and bullying she has observed and experienced firsthand while working in hospitals and operating rooms. Some of her personal stories are absolutely heartbreaking and will bring tears to your eyes. It’s hard to imagine adults being so cruel to each other intentionally.
Anita and Shannon discuss what steps are necessary to help stop harassment in the future. They both agree that it is especially important for those in positions of education to combat workplace bullying by talking more about the subject. Professional development needs to include a focus on work relationships, identifying bullying, and how to respond when you witness or are a victim of bullying. While workplace training programs are important, she says, early education of diversity and acceptance are the most important aspects for securing a kind and compassionate future for a diverse workplace.
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Autism Workplace Bullying
By: Autism Live, Shannon Penrod
Initial Air Date: Apr 5, 2018