This policy means to ensure a “healthy and safe work environment” for all of it's employees. Well, thank heavens that Collierville is working hard for the citizens it represents. Why, without this policy, all kinds of bullying would continue to take place. What's that? Was there any bullying going on? Well, of course there was, why else would they pass this legislation? Do you think they are in the habit of searching for solutions to problems that don't exist? Well...wait a minute...there apparently was no bullying going on as of yet...but I'm quite sure there was some bullying just waiting to happen.
Collierville, like every other government entity, already has laws against various types of harassment, but now it will included bullying. Well, that's a relief. I mean if they don't codify it, it will surely happen right?
Here's the best part...they define bullying as this...
“behavior that demeans, intimidates or humiliates either individuals or a group.” It can happen as a series of incidents or just one incident.
There are 5 types of bullying defined in the policy...
verbal (Already passed laws against this but OK)
physical (Already passed laws against this too but OK)
manipulating the work environment (Already passed laws against this too but OK)
psychological (Wow, that could be pretty broad, wonder what all goes under this category?)
“mobbing” (It's called Harassment and we already have laws passed against this too but OK) which is defined as bullying carried out by a group against an individual.
The policy goes on to state this...
“It is important to understand there is a difference between friendly banter exchanged by longtime work colleagues and comments that are meant to be, or are taken as, demeaning,”
Oh wow, thank you for that clarification. Question: Who gets to decide what's demeaning or is simply a difference of opinion that doesn't sit well with one party and so they take offense to if which they think is classified under the "psychological" category of bullying?
Director of Human Resources Jay Jeffries said this after the vote "the policy was not prompted by any recent incident or problem. “Just trying to be proactive,” ...oh crap...so it was our busy-body politicians/bureaucrats searching for a solution to a problem that doesn't exist. Thanks guys FOR NOTHIN!!!!
Mayor Stan Joyner said "the policy represents “due diligence” by the town to protect employees. (From WHAT exactly? Hurt feelings, disagreements on issues, being offended by someone else's opinion? FROM WHAT? Jeffries just stated that this policy was not prompted by ANY recent events! What is this "Minority Report" where we are going to prevent the crime before it happens?) “It does show that the town is very concerned about our employees, the safety of our employees ...,” Keeping telling yourself that Stan and thanks for wasting time which is all this policy did. We expect this from the politically correct town of Washington, D.C. , not from Collierville....
I will leave you with an excerpt from an article about bullying...read the whole thing...
We live in a culture where harsh but truthful criticism, or exposure of wrongdoing, is viewed by some as "bullying," especially when it affects someone's inflated "self-esteem." For example, "DePaul University has punished a student for publicizing the names of fellow students who admitted to vandalizing his organization's pro-life display," classifying his speech as "bullying." When historian Michael Bellesiles’ academic fraud was exposed by fellow historians, resulting in his forced resignation, a leading “anti-bullying” expert, who shared Bellesiles' progressive political views, got him a new job at her university, claiming that he “was the victim of a “mobbing” or group "bullying" campaign by his fellow historians, who were distinguished people across the political spectrum. The Minister of Education in Ontario, the most populous Canadian province, has sought to define pro-life advocacy in religious schools as gender-based bullying. Self-styled crusaders against "workplace bullying" want to impose broad definitions of bullying at the expense of free speech and use existing overly broad school bullying rules as models for laws against workplace bullying that would hold employers and co-workers liable for compensatory and punitive damages for speech and expressive conduct deemed to be bullying -- something that disturbs groups such as the Chamber of Commerce. Activists claim bullying is an “epidemic” and a “pandemic.” But in reality, bullying and violence have steadily gone down in the nation’s schools.