Understanding Workplace Bullying

James CalderoneJames Calderone, EdD, ACSW, LSW
Professor of Social Work
Misericordia University

Understanding Workplace Bullying

Wednesday, March 25th 9-11am
TCMC 525 Pine Street, Scranton, Pa. Room 2001


One of the most common sources of workplace conflict is “bullying”. Research suggests that workplace bullying is four times more prevalent in the workplace than instances of racial and sexual harassment combined. Studies also suggest that bullying which continues unchecked damages the general morale of the workplace, creates serious psychological impacts, and erodes an organization’s financial health through lost efficiencies, absenteeism, and high employee turnover, and ultimately its public reputation.

Despite its prevalence in the workplace, the concept of bullying is poorly understood by most employers, and if understood, is rarely addressed in the appropriate fashion.

This presentation will teach participants to recognize all the hallmarks of workplace bullying, and equally importantly, also teach what conflicts or workplace flare-ups do not constitute bullying, e.g. the difference between “bullying” and legitimate performance management by a superior.

James Calderone has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Wilkes University in English, with a Secondary Education Certification, a Master’s in Social Work from University of Wisconsin/Madison, and a Doctorate in Education from Temple in Adult Development. Calderone also holds a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from Marywood University.

Jim is a full professor in the Social Work Department at Misericordia University and a Licensed Social Worker. He has also served as Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Education at Misericordia. He has been accepted into the Academy of Certified Social Workers. Jim is active as an ordained priest in the American Catholic Church in the United States, and is director of the St. Martin Luther King, Jr. Pastoral Outreach Center in Kingston, PA.

Dr. Calderone has served on the Advisory Board of the Diversity Institute at Misericordia University, and has been an active diversity consultant and trainer. He has completed the Anti-Defamation League World of Difference Program, and presented at many national conferences on diversity planning, curriculum, and training. He currently works with Consult4Diversity, a firm providing assessment and training to colleges, universities, healthcare systems, and businesses.

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