Where should we lay the blame for the toxic culture of abuse that pervades our workplaces? The problematic environment stretches far. It includes our schools and colleges, our social media platforms, even our public institutions. Anyone whose eyes are open knows the problem is real. Less obvious is why toxicity began, what it feeds on, why we tolerate it, and whether we will ever do anything about it. In her new book, The Shield of Silence: How Power Perpetuates a Culture of Harassment and Bullying in the Workplace (Ankerwycke, 2019), Lauren Stiller Rikleen harnesses evidence-based research, countless interviews, and the power of her own intelligence and experience. She not only identifies some of the most pernicious root causes of harassment, but she ventures into ideas for how we might overcome its destructive presence.
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