Archive for the ‘WBI in the News’ Category


LIBN: Legal ramifications of workplace bullying

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

By Bernadette Starzee, Long Island (NY) Business News, April 16, 2014

The much-publicized investigation into alleged bullying on the Miami Dolphins football team has brought workplace bullying into the national spotlight.

More than a third of American workers say they’ve been bullied at work, according to a survey by the Workplace Bullying Institute, a national organization that defines workplace bullying as repeated, health-harming abusive conduct committed by bosses and/or co-workers. This may include verbal abuse, intimidation, humiliation and sabotage that prevents work from getting done.

While bullying is not healthy for the victim or the workplace, it’s not necessarily unlawful. Though so-called “Healthy Workplace” bills have been introduced in 26 states since 2003, including New York, none of these anti-bullying bills have become law.

(more…)

Share

Tags: , , , , ,
Posted in Healthy Workplace Bill (U.S. campaign), Media About Bullying, NFL: Jonathan Martin, Print: News, Blogs, Magazines, WBI in the News, Workplace Bullying Laws | No Archived Comments | Post A Comment () »



Forbes: Is your boss a bully?

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

By Carol Kinsey Goman, Forbes, April 6, 2014

I met Brenda when she managed a 2,000-person department for a Fortune 500 company. Brought in to help her with an upcoming change initiative, I was impressed by Brenda’s intelligence, creativity, political savvy, and dedication to her job. She had all the qualities of a senior executive – which was her career goal.

But she was also a bully. One direct report described her as a “kiss-up and slap-down kind of manager.” The targets of the bullying were especially demoralized, but even those on her staff who only witnessed the bad behavior began to devote more energy to protecting themselves than they did to helping the company. Brenda’s dysfunctional management style eventually led to a decline in her department’s performance and, as a result, the change initiative was abandoned. Eventually Brenda’s career was derailed by the increasing number of enemies she made with every nasty glare and mean-spirited remark. She resigned when it became obvious that she would never get the promotion she coveted.

Stories about bullies don’t always end with them resigning in disgrace. In fact, many bullies thrive. You may even be working for one.

(more…)

Share

Tags: , , , ,
Posted in Media About Bullying, Print: News, Blogs, Magazines, Tutorials About Bullying, WBI Education, WBI in the News | No Archived Comments | Post A Comment () »



L & S: Bullying has to stop

Monday, April 7th, 2014

By Jane Mundy, Lawyers and Settlements, April 7, 2014

Craig, a commercial truck driver, isn’t about to take bullying lying down. He believes this type of harassment should be a violation of the California labor law. Unfortunately, this type of harassment is not contrary to the California labor code, but wrongful termination is.

If not for Craig being pro-active, he wouldn’t be able to collect unemployment insurance. His boss, the owner of the trucking company, accused Craig of misconduct and fired him. Initially Unemployment Insurance denied his claim but he went before an impartial unemployment Administration Law judge who sided with him.

“That was one notch in my favor and I was able to collect backpay, but I still haven’t been paid for the week I worked, and even more important, this guy shouldn’t get away with his bullying,” says Craig. “I only worked one week for him and it was probably the worst week of my life.

(more…)

Share

Tags: , , , ,
Posted in Healthy Workplace Bill (U.S. campaign), Media About Bullying, Print: News, Blogs, Magazines, WBI in the News, Workplace Bullying Laws | No Archived Comments | Post A Comment () »



BNA: Over 65 Million Workers Affected by Bullying, But Most Employers Don’t React Adequately

Monday, April 7th, 2014

By Rhonda Smith, Bloomberg BNA Human Resources Report, April 7, 2014

Twenty-seven percent of U.S. workers are either experiencing abusive conduct at work now or did so in the past, and 21 percent have witnessed it, according to a 2014 national survey report from the Workplace Bullying Institute.

A total of 65.6 million workers have been affected by bullying, the Bellingham, Wash.-based WBI said.

The survey results also show that employers still fail to fully address repeated mistreatment and abusive conduct by managers as well as rank-and-file workers, the report’s authors said. As a result, bullying–which ranges from threats and humiliation to intimidation, work sabotage or verbal abuse–continues, they said.

“It is clear that in 2014, despite significant public awareness … employers are doing very little voluntarily to address bullying,” the report said. “At the time of the survey, there is no state law yet enacted to compel employers to attend to, rather than ignore, abusive conduct.”

Zogby Analytics conducted the online survey of 1,000 U.S. adults Jan. 27-28.

(more…)

Share

Tags: , , , , ,
Posted in Healthy Workplace Bill (U.S. campaign), WBI Education, WBI in the News, WBI Surveys & Studies | No Archived Comments | Post A Comment () »



WBI on WATR-AM, Waterbury, CT

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

WATR-AM Talk of the Town show host, Larry Rifkin, and Dr. Gary Namie, WBI, discussed workplace bullying, Connecticut attempts at passing the anti-bullying Healthy Workplace Bill, and the suicide of Marlene Braun mentioned in the essay by Katherine Hermes.

Share

Tags: , , , , , ,
Posted in Broadcasts: Video, TV, radio, webinars, Media About Bullying, WBI in the News | No Archived Comments | Post A Comment () »



WM: If You Don’t Want Anti-Bullying Legislation, Give Me a ‘Hell Yeah!’

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

If You Don’t Want Anti-Bullying Legislation, Give Me a ‘Hell Yeah!’
by Jon Hyman, Workforce Management, April 3, 2014

Bullying in the workplace isn’t illegal, unless it’s bullying because of some protected characteristic (sex, race, etc.). Yet, just because something is legal doesn’t mean it should be condoned.

According to Today’s General Counsel (citing the Workplace Bullying Institute’s 2014 US Workplace Bullying Survey), an astounding 72 percent of employees report that their employers have not done anything to curb bullying in the workplace.

The quickest way to ensure that generalized workplace bullying becomes illegal is for employers to continue to ignore it. If employees continued to report that they are being bullied, and that their employers are not doing anything to stop it, legislatures will step in and pass anti-bullying laws.

So, what should you do? Treat bullying like it’s illegal. Create a workplace culture in which bullying is not permitted to occur.

(more…)

Share

Tags: , , , ,
Posted in Healthy Workplace Bill (U.S. campaign), Media About Bullying, Print: News, Blogs, Magazines, WBI in the News, Workplace Bullying Laws | No Archived Comments | Post A Comment () »



Tennessee Lawmaker pushes Healthy Workplace Bill

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Tennessee Rep. Antonio Parkinson, sponsor of the Healthy Workplace Bill

Share

Tags: , , ,
Posted in Healthy Workplace Bill (U.S. campaign), WBI in the News | No Archived Comments | Post A Comment () »



Michigan State University Extension: Research on workplace bullying shows increased awareness

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

By Carolyn Penniman
Michigan State University Extension
March 17, 2014

Michigan State University Extension violence prevention programs focus on changing negative beliefs and attitudes that support violence. These programs aim to build social competencies and relationships across differences to find healthy alternatives to negative behavior. In exploring issues of violence prevention, a recent topic of research is adult bullying.

Research Director, Gary Namie, PhD of the Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI), takes some credit for the high level of public awareness about adult bullying that was reported in the U.S. Workplace Bullying Survey released in February 2014. According to the survey, 27 percent of Americans have suffered abusive conduct at work, another 21 percent have witnessed it and 72 percent are aware that workplace bullying happens. Men make up about two-thirds of bullies, and their targets are women 57 percent of the time. Although women make up only 31 percent of bullies, their targets are other women more than two-thirds of the time. Bullying by a boss is the most common kind of workplace bullying, making up more than half of all instances.

Namie and Ruth Namie, PhD co-founded the WBI in 1998, and have continued to educate the public through research, consulting and publications. They have co-authored The Bully-Free Workplace (Wiley, 2011) and The Bully at Work second edition (Sourcebooks, 2009), which are derived from empirical research and also from coaching and counseling over 5,000 individuals. Ruth is a clinical psychologist and Namie is a social psychologist, and they have experienced workplace bullying themselves. Namie and Ruth’s articles are published in the Journal of Consulting Psychology, International Journal of Communication, Employee Rights and Employment Policy Journal, Ivey Business Journal, Journal of Employee Assistance; and contributed chapters in the books Destructive Organizational Communication, and Bullying and Harassment in the Workplace: Developments in Theory, Research and Practice.

(more…)

Share

Tags: , , , ,
Posted in WBI in the News | No Archived Comments | Post A Comment () »



Murfreesboro Post: Workplace bullying unfortunately all to common

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

By Gina Logue, Post Columnist
Murfreesboro Post
March 16, 2014

It has become a truism of this recession that workers who are stuck in jobs where they are not paid enough, mistreated, overworked or just plain bored have few options in today’s tight job market.

If people have had it up to their chins with all the crap dished out on them at work, they might be in a financial position to retire earlier or live in a house with only one working spouse if Obamacare can handle their health insurance needs. They might even be in a position to find a better job, or, at least, to take more time trying to find one.

(more…)

Share

Tags: , , ,
Posted in WBI in the News | No Archived Comments | Post A Comment () »



Time: Bullying at Work – How to Make It Stop

Monday, March 10th, 2014

By Martha C. White, Time, March 10, 2014

You can take the bully out of the schoolyard, but it seems you can’t take the playground mentality out of bullies even after they grow up. More than a quarter of Americans say they’ve been bullied at work, 7% within the last year alone, according to the Workplace Bullying Institute, which commissioned a new survey studying the prevalence and impact of bullying on the job.

Men make up about two-thirds of bullies, and their targets are women 57% of the time. Although women make up only 31% of bullies, their targets are overwhelmingly — more than two-thirds of the time — other women. Bullying by a boss is the most common kind of workplace bullying, making up more than half of all instances.

“Sadly, what stops bullying the most is requiring the target to lose her or his job,” says Gary Namie, director of the Workplace Bullying Institute. According to the survey, in 61% of cases, the bullying only stops when the target quits, is fired or forced out.

But experts in office bullying say there’s hope. There are steps you can take to stop office bullies. So if you’ve been the target of the office bully, read on.

(more…)

Share

Tags: , ,
Posted in Print: News, Blogs, Magazines, WBI Education, WBI in the News, WBI Surveys & Studies | 2 Archived Comments | Post A Comment () »



This site is best viewed with Firefox web browser. Click here to upgrade to Firefox for free. X