Walk Away to Win: A Playbook to Combat Workplace Bullying

Book description

Recognize toxic coworkers, support bullied colleagues, and thrive in the workplace and beyond

Ranging from general conflict to psychological violence, workplace bullying has become an epidemic at many offices. The Workplace Bullying Institute reports that workplace bullying affects approximately 80 million workers. And with the Great Resignation upon us, we’re seeing that a toxic culture or manager is one of the top reasons employees leave a company.

In Walk Away to Win, Megan Carle draws on her own experience as a target of workplace bullying—paired with the latest research in the field—to reveal how unhealthy workplace cultures enable this insidious behavior. She describes the impact of bullying on an organization’s bottom line; explains what you can do to combat bullying against yourself or your coworkers; analyzes the common characteristics of bullies; and helps readers understand how to face each style of bullying behavior. You’ll learn everything you need to know about:

  • The fundamentals of workplace bullying
  • Various types of bullies, including the Two-Face, the About-Face, and the Rat-Face
  • Cultural context of workplace bullying
  • A target’s options for responding to their bully
  • How you can help a colleague who is being bullied
  • How business leaders must respond to bullies—including termination
Walk Away to Win sends a loud-and-clear message to targets of bullying: this is not your fault, and there are steps you can take to protect yourself and your career—including the ultimate win of walking away if your company doesn’t support you.

The book also sends a message to leaders in business: if you tolerate workplace bullies, you’ll lose staff, productivity and market share; a no-tolerance policy is the only path forward. If you, a coworker, or a member of your staff is experiencing bullying, Walk Away to Win belongs in your arsenal to combat this behavior and make positive change for everyone.

Table of contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Dedication
  5. Contents
  6. Let Me Prey: The Workplace Bully’s Manifesto
  7. Author’s Note
  8. Prologue
  9. Part I: RECOGNIZE The Fundamentals of Workplace Bullying
    1. 1 From the Playground to the Boardroom
    2. 2 What Bullying Isn’t
    3. 3 Your Response Options
    4. 4 Know Thy Bully
    5. 5 There’s No Reasoning with the Unreasonable
  10. Part II: UNDERSTAND The Cultural Context of Workplace Bullying
    1. 6 Culture
    2. 7 Sexism Plus Scarcity Equals Shame
    3. 8 The Three Types of Valuable Relationships: Allies, Sponsors, and Mentors
    4. 9 There’s No “I” in “Team”
    5. 10 Being Invited Is Not the Same as Being Included
    6. 11 What You’re Experiencing Is Trauma
  11. Part III: STUDY The Xs and Os of Workplace Bullying
    1. 12 The In-Your-Face Bully
    2. 13 The Rat-Face Bully
    3. 14 The Two-Face Bully
    4. 15 The About-Face Bully
    5. 16 The Gaslighter
  12. Part IV: IDENTIFY Bullying in the Wild
    1. 17 Playing Small: Bullying Robs Us of Who We Are
    2. 18 Suit Up for Battle: Bullying Wears Many Faces
    3. 19 The Facade: Bullying Comes from the Top
    4. 20 Can I Get a Witness? Bullying Affects Everyone
    5. 21 Amateur Hour: Bullying Distorts Doing the Right Thing
    6. 22 Say My Name: Bullying Marginalizes Through Microaggressions
    7. 23 The Setup: Bullying Strikes on Day One
    8. 24 Subtle and Oblique: Bullying Seeks Control
    9. 25 Dopamine: Bullying Kills Careers
  13. Part V: NAVIGATE The Bully Culture
    1. 26 As You Think About Walking Away
    2. 27 Recognizing That Respect Has Turned to Disrespect
    3. 28 Considerations
    4. 29 The Re-Definition of Winning
    5. 30 Advice to Players in the Bullying Drama
  14. Unfurled: The Target’s Manifesto
  15. Acknowledgments
  16. Appendix
  17. Further Resources
  18. Index
  19. About the Author

Product information

  • Title: Walk Away to Win: A Playbook to Combat Workplace Bullying
  • Author(s): Megan Morfitt Carle
  • Release date: May 2023
  • Publisher(s): McGraw-Hill
  • ISBN: 9781264950126