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VIOLENCE IN THE AMERICAN WORKPLACE, A RECENT SURVEY

A new survey reveals some frightening statistics about the prevalence of violence, or intent of violence, in the workplace. A Violence in the American Workplace survey, conducted by AlliedBarton Security Services & David Michaelson and Co., found that 52% of Americans who work outside their homes “have witnessed, heard about or have experienced a violent event or an event that can lead to violence at their workplace.”  According to the study, violence can include open hostility, abusive language or threats and can escalate to significant physical harm to someone by another person.

The survey press release points to the increase in unemployment over the past several years as a reason why these incidents are happening at a high rate and why they may continue to increase.

The survey also found that 28 percent reported that a violent event or one that can lead to violence happened to them at their current place of employment, or they have been personally affected by this type of event.

According to the survey, 29 percent of workers who witnessed, heard about or experienced workplace violence did not report the incident or take other action yet 34% of the 1,030 adults surveyed felt either “somewhat” or “very” concerned for their personal safety at work.

Psychologist Elizabeth Lombardo, Ph.D., who works with clients who have encountered workplace violence, commented on the hesitation of some employees to report office violence: “Many are hesitant to notify anyone of these experiences and fears out of concern that the ‘offender’ [will] find out who reported them and retaliate.”

Yet in order to prevent the incident from happening again or escalating into something worse, employees must report it. “Tell someone – HR, your boss, someone in a position of greater authority than you,” Lombardo stresses. “Given that there are about 500 workplace homicides during a year, it is vital that you be proactive.”

The survey found that following a violent incident, almost all employers (94 percent) took some type of action, the most likely type being meeting with employees.

Yet the best way to curb violence is prevention. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration encourages employers to ensure that a workplace violence prevention program is in place.

Lombardo also has advice on preventative actions employers can take to stop violence before it starts. Her suggestions include:

* Stress and anger management training

* Assistance for alcohol and drug abuse

* Increased employee control, as a perceived lack of control can increase a sense of helplessness and violence

* Demonstration of true caring for employees – employees are valued for who they are and what they do

FACEBOOK PROFILE AS AN INDICATOR OF JOB SUCCESS?

The idea that Facebook and other social media sites can be used as a tool when hiring a new employee is not so surprising.

What is surprising are the results of a recent study published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology, where findings concluded a direct correlation between job success and the information a user publishes on their Facebook.

In the experiment, three “raters” (comprised of one university professor and two students) were provided the Facebook profiles of 56 college students with jobs.

“In five or 10 minutes, our raters could look at the tone of a subject’s wall post, note the number of friends they have, peruse their photos to see how social they were and assess their tastes in books and music. It’s a very rich source of information,” said Don Kluemper, the lead researcher and a professor of management at Northern Illinois University.

Raters generally gave favorable evaluations to students who had more friends, traveled, and showed a wide variety of hobbies and interests. Photographs of “partying” didn’t necessarily weigh in negatively, in fact raters perceived the student as extroverted and friendly.

The raters then answered a series of personality-related questions, such as “Is this person dependable?” and “How emotionally stable is this person?”

Six months later, the researchers matched these ratings with employee evaluations provided by each of the students’ supervisors. What they found was a strong correlation between job performance and the Facebook scores for traits such as conscientiousness, agreeability and intellectual curiosity.

Although the study did not examine the legality of using social media sites in the hiring process, these findings do raise questions about Facebook potentially being used as a reliable job-screening tool. The researchers caution that before recruiters use Facebook or other social media sites to assess a potential candidate, there are ethical and legal issues to consider, and employers could be opening themselves up to discrimination lawsuits.

The findings of this study are timely; applicants at police departments in North Carolina and Oklahoma, were asked to provide their Facebook passwords last year, according to a report in Human Resources Journal.

 

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YALE UNIVERSITY FAKE DEGREE LAWSUIT CONTINUES

A federal judge in Connecticut has refused to dismiss a lawsuit alleging that Yale University wrongly confirmed a fake doctorate degree that resulted in a South Korean University losing tens of millions of dollars and damaging its reputation.

In their 2008 lawsuit, Buddhist-affiliated Dongguk University in Seoul claims that it hired art history professor Shin Jeong-ah after Yale University wrongly confirmed she had earned her doctorate there.

Ms. Jeong-ah went on to have a scandalous affair with Byeon Yang-kyoon, an aide to South Korea’s then president President Roh Moo-hyun.

Ms. Shin was sentenced to 18 months in a South Korean jail in March 2008 for using fake Yale credentials to get her teaching position at Dongguk and for embezzling museum funds. It is alleged that she also faked two degrees from the University of Kansas to obtain a former job in 2005.

Yang-kyoon was accused of using his influence to get Shin hired by Dongguk and was forced to step down from his aide position because of the scandal.

Dongguk is suing Yale for more than $50 million, claiming it lost that amount in government grants, alumni donations and costs of building a law school the government later refused to approve because of the scandal.

10 OF THE BEST MOVIE KISSES OF ALL TIME!

  • Spiderman (2002)  the upside-down in-the-rain kiss
  • Lady and the Tramp (1955) the spaghetti kiss
  • Ghost (1990)
  • Princess Bride (1987)
  • Gone With The Wind (1939)
  • It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
  • Breakfast At Tiffany’s (1961)
  • Empire Strikes Back (1980)
  • From Here to Eternity (1953)
  • Titanic (1997)

SMOOCHING STATISTICS

Number of calories you burn by kissing for one minute:  26

A passionate kiss uses 34 facial muscles…a simple peck uses 2

Percent of people keep their eyes closed while kissing:  66

According to U.S. statistics, an American woman will kiss 80 men before she gets married

Men who kiss their wives goodbye before going to work live five years longer than those who don’t

Smooching passionately for 90 seconds elevates your blood pressure, causes your pulse rate to race, & increases levels of hormones in the blood thus reducing life by one minute

The bodies of those engaged in kissing produce a substance that is 200 times more powerful than morphine in terms of narcotic effect

The average person spends 20,160 minutes (two straight weeks!) of their life on kissing

Two-thirds of kissers tilt their heads to the right

Couples exchange between 10 million to a billion bacteria during mouth-to-mouth kissing

Most people can remember their first kiss with 90% accuracy

The German language has 30 words to describe different kinds of kisses

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ABE LINCOLN