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The Buffalo News – City policy on workplace bullying adopted by Council in North Tonawanda

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

By Nancy Fischer
News Niagara Reporter
The Buffalo News
March 4, 2014

NORTH TONAWANDA – Bullying has gotten a lot of attention among schoolchildren, but hostile work environments and bullying behavior in the workplace are now being addressed by a bill in the State Legislature.

In advance of the proposed legislation, the North Tonawanda Common Council unanimously adopted its own measure Tuesday, updating its 2009 Workplace Violence Prevention Policy with specific language to address bullying.

The Council did not discuss the policy, but Mayor Robert G. Ortt said after the meeting that bullying is a “real deal” that goes beyond schools, even to the case involving the Miami Dolphins in the National Football League.

“I think if you are going to ask kids to behave a certain way, there’s no reason not to expect adults to behave in the same manner,” Ortt said.

“You want people to be able to come to work and do their job in an environment that is professional. Without that, morale goes down, people don’t do their jobs as well, and there are health-related issues that are additional costs to the employer, which in this case is the city and ultimately the public.”

Assistant City Attorney Katherine D. Alexander said prior to the meeting, “We are just trying to be as prepared as we can here. If something were to happen, there will be steps an employee could take.”

Like the law being proposed in the State Legislature, the city policy gives employees the definition of an abusive workplace and provides for specific consequences. The policy also requires a system for reporting incidents of aggressive bullying.

The city now has a “zero tolerance policy” regarding reports of an abusive work environment.

According to the new city policy, after an investigation by the supervisor and the city attorney, any employee who is found to have committed a violation may be disciplined – which could include discharge, and criminal or civil prosecution.

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BCGEU Explains New Provincial Regulation

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

By BCGEU – 12/4/13

How does the new Workers Compensation Board (WCB) language on workplace bullying and harassment affect BCGEU members?

Prevention and Compensation

There are two aspects to all health and safety matters. First, procedures and systems must be put into place to prevent workplace injuries. Secondly, workers who suffer workplace injuries have a right to compensation.

Bullying and Harassment

On July 1, 2012, the Workers Compensation legislation regarding bullying and harassment was changed to include:

Members have asked:

To answer these questions, it is important to review the union’s response to bullying behavior. The union has spoken out loudly and clearly that bullying is not acceptable. Bullying in the workplace is wrong and should be addressed quickly and appropriately. Because all workers deserve a workplace that is free from harassment and bullying, we negotiated anti-bullying policies and protections in many of our agreements. We encourage employers to engage with us in developing and teaching respectful workplace practices.

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The Problem with Role-Playing

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

The Drs. Namie, aside from the non-profit Workplace Bullying Institute and the legislative Healthy Workplace Bill campaign, work with companies through the Work Doctor consulting firm.

Without laws to compel the prevention and correction of workplace bullying, organizations striving to ensure an abuse-free work environment are few and far between. The companies that do look for solutions are ahead of the curve.

That said, it is important that companies find the correct solutions. Training that centers on role-playing exercises do more harm than good.

We stumbled upon an example of the wrong way to train (keeping the source anonymous). Look at the following role-play exercises and see if you can can pinpoint the problem.

Role Play #1

Joe is a nurse who has worked at the facility for 15 years. Recently he and his wife of 30 years have separated and are filing for divorce. On every shift Joe sees his co-workers whispering behind his back. Rumors have started circulating about the circumstances surrounding the separation.

Role-play this situation and how Joe should act in these types of situations.
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Workplace Bullying Policy and Procedures Made Simple

Monday, September 16th, 2013

Self-guided program on DVD for employers of all sizes leads to the creation of a comprehensive, defensible policy to prevent and correct workplace bullying from the recognized originator of the workplace bullying consulting field in North America.

Recognition of workplace bullying is at an all time high and employers are beginning to addressing. Workplace Bullying Institute research shows that only 5.5% of U.S. employers are adequately dealing with the problem in their organizations. In a 2013 survey of business executives, 68% indicated it was a serious problem. Many employers don’t know where to start. 
Since launching the U.S. anti-workplace bullying movement in 1997, Dr. Gary Namie has worked with organizations to create policies and procedures. For the first time, and only from WBI, companies of all sizes can now apply the same writing method normally facilitated by Dr. Namie in person.


”We wanted to remove all barriers for all employers to stopping bullying,” according to Dr. Namie, “Employees are clamoring for protection and this is our plan to accelerate the changes businesses must make to stem the losses.”

The cost is $299 so that small businesses can protect themselves against the losses incurred by a workplace bully.

The DVD is best used by an assembled team of workers called the Policy Writing Group or the appropriate authority in small firms. Instructions are provided that allow the group to create the most comprehensive set of policy provisions, informal solutions, and formal enforcement procedures. Law professor David C. Yamada discusses legal and liability issues associated with policy creation. Only those who work at your organization understand the idiosyncrasies of their unique workplace culture. This DVD results in a policy specific to your organization with all of the accompanying ethical and logistical questions answered.





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Forbes: Millennials have the power to banish workplace bullying

Sunday, September 15th, 2013

Generation Y is less tolerant of bullying than other generations. Can they reverse the rise of workplace bullying?

By Ruchika Tulshyan
9/13/13

When I wrote an article on why women are the worst bullies in April 2012, I didn’t think I would still be getting comments and emails about it nearly two years later. But evidently, workplace bullying isn’t going away.

Woman-on-woman bullying is actually on the rise, according to Dr. Gary Namie, psychologist and co-founder of the Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI). “Bullies are of both genders, but women bullies tend to disrupt relations or pit worker against worker. Men would rather push people around to show hierarchy,” he says.

The damage inflicted by bullying can often be worse than from sexual harassment, according to Dr. Namie. “The bullying is so personalized, it usually touches upon the target’s deepest insecurities.”

Over 80 percent of female bullies choose female targets.

Bullying varies from ostracizing victims to spreading rumors and betraying trust. Unfortunately, action against it is rarely taken. WBI found that the majority of targets believe senior executives in their organization consider bullying to be irrelevant and not worthy of attention.

How Millennials can change the status quo

But, there’s good news. Millennials have grown up with anti-bullying campaigns in school. Having more information on what constitutes bullying makes them more vocal against it and less likely to put up with it.

“The younger generation is quite intolerant of bullying,” says Dr. Namie. “We’ve found they’re less likely to believe they have to continue to stay in that environment. Many know they’ll hold multiple jobs in their lifetime, so they’re quick to get out of a bad situation [compared to the older generations],” he says. In time, the intolerance to bullying will trickle down to other generations as companies face employee turnover from it.

Plus, despite the rise of Internet trolling and reputation damage through social media, Dr. Namie says the internet has actually had a positive impact on the case against workplace bullying. Online forums dedicated to sharing stories have generally been supportive, he says. A whopping 72% of people surveyed had never heard of “workplace bullying” before reading the term online.

Millennials may be less tolerant, but it’s up to the company to fix it

“Employers have the power to nip bullying in the bud,” says Dr. Namie.

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Amherst Bulletin: UMass smart to address campus bullying

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Amherst Bulletin Editorial
June 5, 2013

Bullying has become a major issue over the past few years, and rightfully so. The focus has been mainly on children and teens and the sometimes tragic results of the emotional battering that is still far too commonplace. But at least public schools in this state have taken a strong no-tolerance stand and imposed measures to educate children and swiftly deal with incidents. That does have an impact.

But bullying is not reserved for the young. Though it is not so openly discussed, adults are mistreated this way, too, and the workplace is an area where victims are particularly vulnerable, as their livelihoods are at stake. Therefore, we applaud University of Massachusetts Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy and other campus officials for publicly recognizing this and taking steps to improve the work environment for campus staff.

Troubled by statistics and comments gathered in an online survey last fall, Subbaswamy sent a memo to faculty and staff recently saying that although the UMass results line up with data gathered at other workplaces across the country, the university finds this unacceptable and is working on ways to eliminate bullying from campus offices.

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Pima County Arizona takes a stand against workplace bullying

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

UPDATE: To write the best workplace bullying policy and enforcement procedures, go here.

On April 16, 2013 the Pima County (AZ) Board of Supervisors approved a new policy to prevent, identify and address workplace bullying. Pima, which includes the city of Tuscon, joins the growing list of U.S. counties (see Fulton County, Georgia) to adopt such measures. You can read the entire policy here.

Bullying defined:

Workplace bullying is intentional behavior intended to create an abusive work environment for an employee or employees. Bullying behavior is behavior in the workplace that a reasonable person would find hostile, offensive, and not obviously related to an employer’s legitimate business interests.

Features of the Policy:

• It can come from any direction — manager, co-worker, subordinate, appointing authority, elected official, vendor, contractor or member of the public.

• Witnesses, not just direct targets of bullying, may complain

• The list of illustrative examples is long, but nicely categorized as follows, bullying: in general, by supervisor, by coworkers, by sabotage and by shunning.

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The Hook: Bully buster? VQR spurs UVA launch of ‘respectful workplace’

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

This is a Kevin Morrissey suicide story update. The Hook’s investigative reporter, David McNair, reports on the launch of the University of Virginia’s respectful workplace policy and program. Here are my thoughts.

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Workplace Bullying Goes to School

Saturday, September 12th, 2009

Sioux City District First in Nation with Bullying Prevention Program for Adults
Partners with Workplace Bullying Institute

Schools and student bullying are a September tradition. However, this year, there is a new twist. The Sioux City (Iowa) Community School District (SCCSD) is boldly taking steps to prevent bullying among teachers, staff and administrators. They are first district in the nation to launch an anti-bullying program for adult employees.

[Interested school district administrators are invited to call 360-656-6603]

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