Posts Tagged ‘2010 WBI U.S. Workplace Bullying Survey’

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.



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Gabriel: JB – A Portrait Of A Workplace Bully

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

by Eroca Gabriel, Urban Times, Nov. 26, 2013

JB is intelligent. He’s well-educated, has in-born operational savvy, and a work ethic unlike that of most of his generation. He obtained degrees from top-rated institutions, had his choice of job offers upon graduation and lives the life-style of his choice.

JB is privileged. He’s also a bully at work.

The Workplace Bullying Institute conducts surveys across the USA on workplace bullying. Here’s some of what they found in their most recent national survey (2010):

1) 35% of workers have experienced bullying first hand;

2) 62% of bullies are men; 58% are women;

3) Bullying is four times more prevalent than illegal harassment;

4) Bullying is a ‘silent epidemic.’

According to WBI, workplace bullying is defined as ‘repeated, health-harming, abusive conduct committed by bosses and co-workers.’ It consists of ‘mistreatment, sabotage that prevents work from being done, verbal abuse, threatening conduct, intimidation, and humiliation.’

Take JB, for example. His bosses and co-workers report that he is competent at his job. Yet, he doesn’t care about the work, the team or the company.

His personal agenda takes precedence over the work itself. It includes having an unhealthy need to control others. JB gets his ‘kicks’ from behaving badly on purpose and enjoying negative reactions.



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Hampton Roads Biz Journal: Preventable violence threatens bottom line

Friday, November 9th, 2012

From The Hampton Roads Business Journal, Nov. 2, 2012

The Kaufman & Canoles’ 29th annual Employment Law Update will be held on Nov. 15 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. Call 624-3222 to register.


The Workplace Bullying Institute introduced the British term, workplace bullying, to Americans in 1997 and has since refined it to mean abusive conduct. It is now defined as repeated, health-harming mistreatment by one or more persons manifested as verbal abuse, work sabotage or behaviors perceived as threatening, intimidating or humiliating. It is a non-physical form of workplace violence.



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Entrepreneur: Workplace Bullying | Telltale Signs You Have a Workplace Bully

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Entrepreneur Daily Dose Blog
Telltale Signs You Have a Workplace Bully
by Gwen Moran

Workplace bullying affects 35 percent of employees, according to a 2010 survey by the Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI), a Bellingham, Wash.-based nonprofit organization. Gary Namie co-founded WBI with his wife, Ruth, after her first-hand experience with bullying. In an interview, he shared his best advice to entrepreneurs for managing this nefarious problem. What follows are edited excerpts of the interview.



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Britain matches American prevalence of workplace bullying

Saturday, November 5th, 2011

The just-released British Workplace Behaviour Survey explored “ill treatment.” Two of the three categories of negative behavior explored in the study add to comprise what we call workplace bullying. The Survey findings can be extrapolated to the entire British workforce because it was a scientific sample. The bullying prevalence was 33%, and respondents were asked to consider mistreatment experienced in the last 2 years. American prevalence was estimated by the 2010 WBI U.S. Workplace Bullying Survey, also nationally representative and scientific. From that study we know that 9% of respondents said they were currently bullied and 26% reported having been bullied, but not currently — summing to 35%.

Read the summary of the British study | Read the 2010 WBI U.S. Survey results


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New US workplace bullying prevalence study

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011 made a major contribution to public awareness of workplace bullying with the April 20, 2011 release of results from its large-scale survey on the prevalence of bullying at work. Harris Interactive conducted the online survey of private-sector employed Americans.

WBI thanks CareerBuilder for conducting the survey. Our results and CB’s converge a great deal. Overall, the CB survey found a bullying prevalence of 27% (34% women, 22% men). WBI found 35% in 2010. Though the definition of bullying used in the CB survey is not yet available, bullying is inarguably a troublesome epidemic that plagues the American workplace!



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Bullying at work: A national epidemic?

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

by Laurie Tarkan, BNET, March 23, 2011

A good article citing WBI’s 2010 U.S. Workplace Bullying Survey and the Healthy Workplace Campaign pushing for enactment of the anti-bullying Healthy Workplace Bill. Read the story.


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Employer Engagement in preventing/correcting workplace bullying: 2 Views

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

How engaged is your employer? It depends on whether you are asking the American public or people with direct experience being bullied.



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Office bullies target the educated

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

By Lemery Reyes,, Oct. 19, 2010

Bullies aren’t just kids in the playground anymore — they are also adults in the workplace, or lurking online.

As anti-bullying advocates try to push through new legislation at the state level, several new studies have found that bullying affects different people in different ways. In the workplace, bullying is more likely to target educated employees, while victims of online abuse are more likely to feel depressed and isolated.



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Education & Workplace Bullying: 2010 WBI Survey

Friday, September 17th, 2010

There are many myths and misconceptions about workplace bullying advanced by disbelievers and opponents. One portrayal is that bullying affects only the uneducated, unskilled workers.

The WBI 2003 online survey reported that the five top reasons individuals are targeted for bullying, in rank order, were: (1) refusal to be subservient (being independent), (2) being more technically skilled than the bully, (3) being liked by co-workers/customers (being the go-to expert), (4) being ethical and honest, and (5) not being sufficiently political. Thus, people are targeted for their strengths and the threats they pose to the defensive, narcissistic perpetrator.

In the scientific (nationally representative) 2010 WBI U.S. Workplace Bullying Survey, respondents could check whether they had a college degree (or beyond) or whether they did not have a degree. That allows us to determine if the reported experiences with bullying differed according to education level.



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