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Saturday, February 19 2000

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The cost of devolution
Kids get treble vision
Bodies found in Co Armagh
Mandelson says 'end blame game'
Brave toddler loses limbs
Trimble upbeat on 'temporary' crisis
Top unionists slow to pay party dues
Women are worst bullies in work
Chalayan is toast of Brit fashion pack
Chat show for TV's Dale
Cold Feet star's new role
Death crash truck driver cleared
Dream cruise
Duke flies high at birthday bash
Alert over Ecstasy pills
War hero put on town's memorial
Daughter mourned in sea tragedy
Armagh jail break to raise funds
Harvester in collision
Journalist denies TV 'hoax'
Lollipop man aims to lick top award
'I am so glad to have him home'
Murder charge
'You will have to be on guard'
Pervert murder: killing theory
Police injured in mob attack
Prayer room opens in Belfast airport
Belfast priest dies
New bid to help curb rail deaths
Plans for cash boost attacked by DUP
Long history is put down in print
Schoolboy to air views in Canada
City Slickers leave Mirror
A soap-without-hope dope
Soap gets into a birthday lather
Top tourist beach is in danger
USPCA in appeal over missing cats
Vicar switches to digital age
Victim speaks of 'horrendous' time
Villagers moved after tanker crash
Who wants to wed on Tarrant show?
Zionist leader to visit Ulster
Sport
Football: O'Leary turns up the heat
Angling: Specimen list falls
Rugby: Goods produced for Gatland
Hurling: Antrim out to trouble
Football: Billy recalls air of awe
Tabble Tennis: Inspiring Cairns
GAA: Cross keen to keep winning
FA Cup: No doubting dreams
Horseracing: Downpatrick ready
Rugby: Irish in different class
Horseracing: Likely to be punished
Football: 500,000 for All-Ireland
Brave Magee's cup bid ends
GAA: Match by Match
Football: Pushing to make their mark
FA Cup: Aldo is happy Rover
GAA: Boss says youth holds the key
Boxing: Odyssey to put city on map
Football: Players need right attitude
Football: Heartache for Magee
Football: Word according to BBC
Ulster urged to get in swim for charity
Business
Firm wins white line to India
Blue chip companies queue up
Insurers' sales up a fifth: study
Look again at transport plan: report
Online bid to catch aid contracts
Public sector cash surplus hits record
A&L results reveal weakness
Goods business booming
Features
Alive again ... Rory's legend
Artworks
Film posters prove desirable
Net a bargain
Barmy remake not without moments
Barry White's Week
Spotlight on young Ulster musicians
Unusual Chinese woodcuts
Eye on Ulster
My kind of things
Galleries
Learn a few design tricks
A heady mix of sorrow and laughter
Apes and japes on the rock of ages ..
Latebreaks
'Phil' dwell in marbled halls
Snowdrops keep making an impact
Switched off by seedy show
Heartbreak goes on and on
A testimony of women's suffering
Walking on the tilted earth
Inexpensive and easy drinking
Letters
God loves each one
Opponents want a level playing field
Women are the worst bullies in workplace, study shows
Females sent 'over the edge' by their bosses
By Gary Grattan
MORE and more women in Northern Ireland are becoming victims of bullying in the workplace - at the hands of other women, it was revealed today.
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And the two so-called "caring professions" - nursing and teaching - are the worst by far.
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This is the alarming trend which has been uncovered by a Co Londonderry man who counsels victims of the growing scourge.
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Dr Hazlett Lynch says workplace bullying in general is costing companies heavily in sick leave and driving hundreds of people in the province "over the edge".
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But he is highly concerned at the increasing number of women who have contacted him in recent weeks and months.
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"Women that I have spoken with are finding that the ill-treatment they are receiving from their female managers leaves their male managers far behind.
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"It's interesting that the two professions that are heads and shoulders above the others for bullying behaviour are nursing and teaching.
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" These 'caring professions', it seems, do not 'care' for their own staff but mete out to them the most disgraceful behaviour imaginable," said Dr Lynch.
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The former Presbyterian minister said women were being "emotionally abused" by their same-gender bosses and peers.
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"They are made to feel worthless, are highly de-motivated, experience severe dysfunction at work and in domestic and social contexts.
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"Marriages are often put under extreme pressure by the 'psychological terrorisation' that these people experience.
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"In the most severe cases women have considered suicide as the only solution to end their nightmare."Dr Lynch says most victims of woman-on-woman workplace bullying are good at their job and popular with co-workers.
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"Bullies are often neither good at their jobs nor can they get on well with their staff. They have deep personal and emotional problems that need to be resolved.
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"They are not competent in their own jobs, therefore they cannot cope with the competence of those more junior to them.
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"But they cannot admit to this, therefore they act to humiliate their employees by transferring their inadequacies on to them. Exactly the same is true of male-on-male workplace bullying."Dr Lynch says that the annual 'staff appraisal' is a superb means of 'getting at' and 'bringing down' a good staff member - because it is done under the guise of professional objectivity.
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"What is rather strange is that employees who have been given excellent appraisals over the years now find that their appraisals have taken a downward plunge, and for what reason? They have not been doing anything different, yet they are 'put down' by their line managers."Dr Lynch can be contacted at 23 Parkmore Close, Magherafelt, Co Londonderry, BT45 6PL - Tel: 028 7963 4684.
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