US employers react to laws. The HWB will convince employers to prevent & correct health-harming abusive conduct. The WBI HWB campaign began in 2001. WBI State Coordinators create groups of Healthy Workplace Advocates to lobby legislators.
From June 1997 until the present, the Namies have led the first and only U.S. organization dedicated to the eradication of workplace bullying that combines help for individuals via our websites & over 10,000 consultations, telephone coaching, conducting & popularizing scientific research, authoring books, producing education DVDs, leading training for professionals-unions-employers, coordinating national legislative advocacy, and providing consulting solutions for organizations. We proudly helped create the U.S. Academy of Workplace Bullying, Mobbing & Abuse.
Give unconditional positive support to the targets. Believe them. Tolerate dinners disturbed by their obsessing about the never-ending problem at work. Understand the exhaustion and withdrawal.
Encourage them to get psychological and medical help. Validate that they are tough, but because they are human, they cannot endure prolonged exposure to extreme stress without it impairing their health — no one can.
Provide needed respite from the toxic, stressful world of work targets endure.
Distract them with pleasurable activities.
Remind them of who they were before bullying injured them.
Remember, you will be the last ones standing when all others have abandoned them.
Don’t ask them to do more than they are capable of doing.