March 27th, 2013
Wichita Workplace Bullying Seminar – April 3
Workplace Bullying subject of upcoming seminar By Jerry Siebenmark The Wichita Eagle, March 27, 2013
Gary Namie has made it his mission to eliminate bullying in the workplace.
Namie, co-founder of the Washington-based Workplace Bullying Institute, will be the keynote speaker at an AGH Employer Solutions seminar on Wednesday, April 3, at the Wichita Hyatt Regency.
The social psychologist began his work on the issue in 1997 and since then has lectured and consulted companies on the topic across the country.
A former corporate manager and academic, Namie said workplace bullying takes several forms: verbal abuse, humiliation, intimidation, threats and work sabotage.
“To us, workplace bullying is domestic violence in the workplace” minus any physical violence, Namie said. “It’s a real trap for the individual who is targeted.”
Based on a survey his institute commissioned with Zogby International in 2010, 35 percent of American workers reported being bullied in the workplace, and 16 percent said they had witnessed a co-worker being bullied. The survey was based on 4,200 survey respondents.
Namie said the institute is planning to update that survey soon.
He said legislation outlawing workplace bullying is being considered in nine states. Efforts were made to get a similar law passed in Kansas in 2009, but the bill didn’t go beyond a House committee.
Tammy Allen of AGH said officials there were looking for a fresh topic to bring to business leaders and human resource officers when they selected Namie.
“Our planning group thought it would be a relevant and new topic that could potentially have a major effect on employers,” Allen said.
For more information on the seminar, go to www.aghemployersolutions.com
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