Workplace bullying: Acknowledging grief

by VanessaVaile

In a season of renewal, acknowledge the grief of workplace injustice but don’t let it winning by taking over your life…

PS now that most of my sharing is manual, I’ve been remiss in keeping up with sharing. Confronting precarity and its traveling companion, inequity, invariably means more workplace bullying and savaging as resources get thinner. We need more counsel not less.

Minding the Workplace

Catching my attention this week was an essay by religion professor Jacqueline Bussie (Concordia College, Minnesota) on the experience of grief. Titled “On Becoming Grief Outlaws” and published in The Cresset (the journal of Valparaiso University in Indiana, my undergraduate school), the piece questions how our popular culture urges us to internalize our grief rather than to express it openly. Bussie herself did this when her mother suffered with Alzheimer’s:

For a long time, I extradited my grief underground. I didn’t want to be a Debbie Downer. I didn’t want to live in the jail of other people’s judgment (especially the colleagues, acquaintances, and church folks who thought I should “move on,” “get over it already,” accept “God’s plan,” and “not grieve as one without hope”).

But the life of lies and fake Barbie smiles wore me out. Eventually, I let grief back into its home country—my heart—and let my heart…

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