Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behaviour. It happens among school aged children, in the workplace and in the home and involves a real or perceived power imbalance. Victims of bullying and those that bully others may have serous lasting problems. Bullies often suffer from low self-esteem and struggle to maintain and develop social relationships.
Children who are bullied are more likely to experience depression and anxiety, increased feelings of sadness and loneliness, changes in sleep and eating patterns, and loss of interest in activities they used to enjoy. These issues may persist into adulthood and, at its worst, bullying has driven children and young people to self harm and event suicide
Bullying is all too common in the workplace. While there is plenty of legislation to protect workers, many employees can nonetheless feel nervous about acknowledging that bullying is happening, let alone reporting it.
In this seminar former Governor of Mountjoy Prison John Lonergan will shine a light on what causes bullying behaviour and how to deal with it.
Dr Genevieve Murray will talk about the importance of dignity and respect in the workplace
John Lonergan - In his talks John finds himself coming back to one theme: the importance of compassion. He entered the prison service in 1968 and in the years that followed, as he saw human nature at its worst - and often, unexpectedly, at its best. He developed a deep understanding both of human nature and of Irish society.
Now, after 42 years in the service, 24 of them as the most senior prison officer in the country, John tells his fascinating life story in his book, The Governor - from his idyllic childhood in rural Tipperary, to coming face to face with the darkest aspects of Irish life, to grappling with the politics of working in a service that was the plaything of officials and politicians. His description of life in the prison service is not only a gripping account of humanity at its rawest, but is also invaluable for anyone in a management position anywhere. Revealing, surprising and inspiring, his book gives a unique insight into modern Ireland.
Dr Genevieve Murray - is a Consultant, Trainer, Researcher, Lecturer and Certified Mediator, specialising in workplace interpersonal conflicts.
Genevieve works with both employees and employers whom express the need for support regarding workplace conflict issues. Often employees and employers are unaware of the effects of workplace conflict on both the individuals and organisations well-being.
Genevieve is available to assist employers in compiling and implementing their Dignity in the Workplace Policies.