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Biz Insurance: Awareness of Workplace Bullying ‘Epidemic’ Grows

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

Awareness of Workplace Bullying ‘Epidemic’ Grows
By Rob Lenihan, Business Insurance, June 20, 2017

Workplace bullying has reached “epidemic level,” according to a new study, and legal analysts are advising companies to take heed.

The San Francisco-based Workplace Bullying Institute’s 2017 U.S. Workplace Bullying Survey, released earlier this month, estimated that 30 million American workers have been, or are now being, bullied at work, while another 30 million have witnessed it.

“These proportions are epidemic-level,” the report said. “The number of U.S. workers who are affected by bullying — summing over those with direct bullying and witnessing experiences — is 60.3 million, the combined population of six Western states.”

Unchecked, the repercussions of workplace bullying can result in absenteeism, low morale, high turnover, reputational damage and lawsuits, experts say.

Defining workplace bullying can be challenging, but Gary Namie, the institute’s director, described it as “a form of workplace violence.”

“It is, by our definition, repeated health-harming mistreatment of an employee by one or more employees,” Mr. Namie said. “It’s abusive conduct that takes the form of verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, humiliation or workplace sabotage or work interference.”

Peter Dean, president of Leaders By Design at executive consultancy Leaders Edge in Philadelphia and co-author of “The Bully-Proof Workplace: Essential Strategies, Tips and Scripts for Dealing with the Office Sociopath,” said workplace bullying goes beyond someone “just losing their temper or their impulse control for a time.”

“It’s not a one-off,” Mr. Dean said. “It is a targeted attention to one person that is very negative and meant to demean and belittle and degrade that person’s self-esteem.”

And bullying begets more bullying, Mr. Dean added.

“You have one bully getting away with being a bully and it starts to spread in an organization,” he said. “People start to think two things: No. 1, it’s OK to bully here; and No. 2, there’s no way to fight it because it’s accepted.”

The 2007 study said antidiscrimination laws apply in only 20% of bullying cases do. In order to claim sexual harassment, racial discrimination or hostile work environment, the report said, the victim must be a member of a protected status group. Mr. Namie said the Healthy Workplace Bill — which among other things, precisely defines an “abusive work environment” and requires proof of health harm by licensed health or mental health professionals — has been introduced in 30 states and two territories, but has yet to be enacted.
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Results In: 2017 WBI U.S. Workplace Bullying Survey

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

2017 WBI U.S. Workplace Bullying Survey
June 2017


Major funding from
MAPE Minnesota Association of Professional Employees

Report by
Gary Namie, PhD
© 2017, Workplace Bullying Institute, All rights reserved.

In our 2017 National Survey workplace bullying was defined as repeated mistreatment of an employee by one or more employees; abusive conduct that is: threatening, humiliating, or intimidating, work sabotage, or verbal abuse.

Bullying is “abusive conduct,” referring to its most serious forms only. This is consistent with the definition used in the Healthy Workplace Bill. Even with this high threshold, workplace bullying remains an American epidemic. Bullied individuals pay dearly with the loss of their economic livelihood to stop it. In the absence of legal prohibitions against it, employers are failing to take responsibility for its prevention and correction.

On the 20th anniversary of WBI’s founding, this is the fourth national scientific poll commissioned by the Workplace Bullying Institute, conducted by Zogby Analytics. Other years were 2014, 2010 and 2007. Past results can be viewed here.

Thanks to the generous donors to our GoFundMe campaign to cover the costs of the survey.

Key Findings


• 19% of Americans are bullied, another 19% witness it
• 61% of Americans are aware of abusive conduct in the workplace
• 60 million Americans are affected by it
• 70% of perpetrators are men; 60% of targets are women
• Hispanics are the most frequently bullied race
• 61% of bullies are bosses, the majority (63%) operate alone
• 40% of bullied targets are believed to suffer adverse health effects
• 29% of targets remain silent about their experiences
• 71% of employer reactions are harmful to targets
• 60% of coworker reactions are harmful to targets
• To stop it, 65% of targets lose their original jobs
• 77% of Americans support enacting a new law
• 45% report worsening of work relationships, post-Trump election

Infographic




Click on this link to view the 2017 WBI Survey Infographic
Download the Infographic in pdf format

Report Sections

You can download the COMPLETE REPORT here.

About MAPE, Major Sponsor

MAPE is a 14,000 member public-sector labor union which promotes the welfare and advances the interests of its members while acting as their exclusive representative concerning terms and conditions of employment. Members are probation officers analysts, scientists, foresters psychologists, zoologists and so much more. MAPE members work in all segments of state government to provide Minnesotans with the vital services they need. MAPE is proud to contribute to the high quality of life in Minnesota! The MAPE website.

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New online poll

Monday, June 12th, 2017

To what extent did the person targeted for bullying make the mistreatment known?

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Next online poll: how much does discrimination overlap with workplace bullying?

Monday, April 10th, 2017

Was the perpetrator’s abusive conduct apparently motivated by the target’s protected class (race, color, sex, national origin, religion, disability or age)?

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New WBI online poll

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

For anyone currently employed: How, if at all, did the 2 years prior to the 2016 election and its aftermath affect your workplace?

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Survey halfway funded — Can you help?

Sunday, March 12th, 2017

If the information found at this website, or books written by us, or videos we made helped you understand your workplace bullying experience, please consider helping fund the WBI 2017 U.S. Workplace Bullying Survey.

On March 12, we hit the halfway mark toward the $4,000 goal!!!!

Details found at the GoFundMe page. Any small amount helps. Thanks in advance.

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New poll: Most distressing workplace factor of bullying experience

Friday, March 10th, 2017

Dear Bullied Targets

There are few studies asking bullied targets to state which workplace factor distresses them most about their bullying experience. So, we attempt to answer that question. The response choices shown all are important. But we want veterans of bullying to tell us which ONE they believe has been the most memorable/disturbing/bothersome/crazymaking of them all.

Tell your friends. Send them the link to this page to complete the survey.

Watch for results soon.

For bullied targets: Of all the disturbing aspects of what happened to you, which ONE WORKPLACE factor caused you the MOST distress?

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Time for new 2017 WBI U.S. Workplace Bullying Survey

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017



We need your help.
Please go to this Go Fund Me page to read our rationale and to donate.
Then watch this site for a full report in the spring.

In the Trump era, we need to assess the effect his disturbing administration has on our already aggressive, pro-bullying society. Specifically, when civility rules are abandoned at the highest political level, do American employers react to the loosening with even more bullying of workers without fear of consequences? Let’s find out and compare to past surveys.

Here are the results of WBI’s three previous national surveys: 2007 and 2010 and 2014.

Thank you again.
Ruth Namie, PhD
Gary Namie, PhD
WBI founders

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2016 wishes

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

Holiday wishes from the Workplace Bullying Institute for peace, health and a bullying-free 2016

Please complete our new survey

Holidays and bullying. If you are/were a bullied target, what happened during the end-of-year holiday season to you?

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Bullied targets’ political activity survey

Saturday, October 24th, 2015

On the heels of the WBI Freedom from Workplace Bullies Week, when we call for State lawmakers to introduce and aggressively support our anti-bullying Healthy Workplace Bill, we survey bullied individuals about their level of political activity.

Have you explained why a strong anti-bullying law is needed to your elected State representatives or senators?

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