Archive for the ‘WBI Surveys & Studies’ Category
Monday, July 28th, 2014
ABOUT BULLIED TARGETS in 2014
Finally, we asked the American public what type of person is targeted for abusive mistreatment in the workplace. Though this was a short, not exhaustive, list of personality traits, the results are clear. Those who claimed to have been aware that workplace bullying happens, believe that the overwhelming majority of individuals targeted possess positive attributes.
That is, the same respondents who believed that targets are mostly incapable of defending themselves against bullying assaults believe targets are kind, cooperative and agreeable. Perhaps these same traits render the guileless person vulnerable to unpredictable attacks. This Survey does not provide a way to draw the causal link between the traits and targets’ ability to defend themselves.
It is noteworthy that only 6% of targets are considered abusers themselves.
Question: Which personal style best describes the targeted person?
Research Assistants: Daniel Christensen & David Phillips
Tags: 2014 U.S. Workplace Bullying Survey, bullying statistics, coaching, Daniel Christensen, Dave Phillips, eden therapy, Gary Namie, Jessi Eden Brown, workplace bullying, Workplace Bullying Institute
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Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014
And suppose you were a member of Congress.
But I repeat myself.”
I’m starting to sound like my father and can’t believe I question nearly every day “what is this world coming to?” Near the top of my “it’s all going to hell” list is America’s turning its back on science — unabashedly, proudly, defiantly — through legislation.
In the UK, the BBC has banned from their airwaves crackpot guests preaching that climate change is not real. The change is to bolster scientific integrity. Staff will receive training in science and scientific conferences will be attended by staff to stay abreast of developments.
Deniers get equivalence here in the US. One denier with one believer (proxy by Bill Nye, the “Science Guy”). Viewers ignorant of the facts could conclude that climate change is not really something to be concerned about. The fallacy of this false equivalence was never more clear than this demonstration by comedian John Oliver on his HBO show This Week Tonight.
And recently the British government extended its public school ban on teaching pseudoscience, creationism, to cover “academies” and “free schools,” the equivalent of charter schools in the States. The government recognizes the religious bases of the founders of such schools. Thus creationism promotes religion and has no business in the teaching of science.
America is headed in the other direction, driving headfirst into ignorance. Creationists and advocates for “intelligent design” in the US seem to be gaining clout. The National Center for Science Education (NCSE) 2014 legislative scorecard identified states that are attempting to make their children science illiterates.
Tags: Healthy Workplace Bill, state legislators, state legislatures
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Monday, July 21st, 2014
CAUSAL FACTORS in 2014
Two questions explored with varying levels of accuracy the public explanation for why bullying happens.
In the better of the two Survey items, we asked respondents to choose one primary factor or reason for the bullying.
Question: Which one factor is most responsible for abusive mistreatment at work?
Tags: 2014 U.S. Workplace Bullying Survey, bullying statistics, causes of workplace bullying, Daniel Christensen, Dave Phillips, Gary Namie, Workplace Bullying Institute
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Monday, July 14th, 2014
SUPPORT FOR A LAW in 2014
Question: Do you support or oppose enactment of a new law that would protect all workers from repeated abusive mistreatment in addition to protections against illegal discrimination and harassment?
The respondents who answered this question were individuals who were directly bullied, those who had witnessed it, the few who were perpetrators, and those with no personal experience but who believed it happened and those who believed it was exaggerated. Those groups taken together constituted the American public who were “aware” of abusive conduct at work, the 72% (See National Prevalence).
It is clear that those respondents, the American public aware of abusive conduct, want to see worker protections extended beyond the anti-discrimination statutes – 93% support specific anti-bullying legislation.
Furthermore, 50% of Survey respondents self-defined as Conservatives strongly support the Healthy Workplace Bill. With such little opposition from
those expected to oppose the bill, it is a certain conclusion that now is the time for passage of this new law.
Tags: 2014 U.S. Workplace Bullying Survey, bullying statistics, Daniel Christensen, Dave Phillips, Gary Namie, Healthy Workplace Bill
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Thursday, July 10th, 2014
Upon return from a short break, we found a jaw-dropping headline that cannot be believed.
96% of Workers are Bullied at Work!
The non-discerning press copied the press release from a consulting firm named Vital Smarts who have never been players in the workplace bullying arena. [See the US Academy roster to see who is doing credible and important work in America.]
Why do we at WBI say this company’s finding is not believable? Because they do not provide a definition nor describe their research methodology. We at WBI get a 97% bullied rate when we ask those who complete our online surveys. Of course we do. Who comes to this website seeking solutions to their personal problem and may also complete a survey? Bullied targets and witnesses. Our respondents are a “self-selected,” non-random sample. Our research reports clearly state when studies rely on bullied targets’ opinions only.
Thursday, July 10th, 2014
Monday, June 16th, 2014
WHAT STOPPED THE BULLYING in 2014
Question: What stopped the abusive mistreatment?
Tags: 2014 U.S. Workplace Bullying Survey, bullying statistics, Daniel Christensen, Dave Phillips, Gary Namie, Workplace Bullying Institute
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Tuesday, May 27th, 2014
COWORKER REACTION TO BULLYING in 2014
Results from several WBI online surveys of bullied targets reliably show that coworkers rarely help their bullied colleagues. Several social psychological processes operate in the group setting to explain the failure to act prosocially.
The perspective of the general public captured in this national Survey describes circumstances somewhat more positively than surveys of bullied targets. We believe the reference to “most of the witnesses” led to these inexplicable results. The flaw is in the design of the question.
Doing nothing was the most cited tactic. Of course, doing nothing to help colleagues when they are distressed is not a neutral act. It is negative. However, it is not the same as betraying the target by siding with the perpetrator(s). Negative actions were taken in 49% of cases.
Tags: 2014 U.S. Workplace Bullying Survey, bullying statistics, coworkers, Daniel Christensen, David Phillips, Gary Namie, Workplace Bullying Institute
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Thursday, May 22nd, 2014
Is Bullying Rife in Tech? by Kathryn Cave, IDG Connect, (UK) May 21 2014
“It was quite insidious,” says Alex [false name]. “The odd comment here or there. And he’d work his way through the team. Then he started on me and I stood up to him… and it got really ugly. Really ugly – to the point where I went and got a lawyer.”
“I am a really strong person,” continues Alex. “Anyone that knows me is just shocked by what went on. But he undermined me so much, it was this whole campaign. It got to the point where you think: am I imagining this is happening? It was very manipulative and subtle: complete psychological and mental bullying. It was awful. And it wasn’t [just] a mental health issue. It was a physical thing. One day I literally started hemorrhaging blood…”
It is at this point that the naysayers will often step in. If it is female being described she would be casually dismissed as “emotional” and most likely “always running to HR”. If it is a male, this it would be the moment to give a kind of appalled snort: clearly he should “man up” and learn to deal with “tough management”.
Yet throughout our conversation, it is plain to see that Alex is extremely bright and analytical; not overtly weak or emotional. This is a firm, likeable and very self-possessed person. And still, although this happened five years ago, Alex is only starting to get over the experience now.
22% of IT Professionals Have Taken Time Off For Stress
The latest research from the Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI), released in Feb 2014 [PDF] shows 27% of adult Americans have directly experienced “repeated abusive conduct that is threatening, intimidating, humiliating, work sabotage or work abuse.” And Dr. Namie, Director of WBI and widely regarded as North America’s foremost authority on workplace bullying, stresses this figure would have been far higher, if he had been less stringent with the definition.
Tags: Gary Namie, Ignite union, Pam Farmer, stress, tech workers, Tim Field, WBI 2014 U.S. Workplace Bullying Survey, workplace bullying, Workplace Bullying Institute
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Tuesday, May 20th, 2014
Feelings & Experiences
Please complete the survey only if you are, or were, a target of bullying or a witness to it.