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Ins. Journal: Workplace Bullying Emerging As Major Employment Liability Battleground

Monday, March 10th, 2014

By Sam Hananel, Insurance Journal (reprint from previous AP story), March 4, 2014

Margaret Fiester is no shrinking violet, but she says working for her former boss was a nightmare.

“One day I didn’t do something right and she actually laid her hands on me and got up in my face and started yelling,’ Why did you do that?”’ said Fiester, who worked as a legal assistant for an attorney.

Fiester doesn’t have to worry about those tirades anymore, but she hears lots of similar stories in her current role as operations manager at the Society for Human Resource Management, where she often fields questions about the growing issue of workplace bullying.

On-the-job bullying can take many forms, from a supervisor’s verbal abuse and threats to cruel comments or relentless teasing by a co-worker. And it could become the next major battleground in employment law as a growing number of states consider legislation that would let workers sue for harassment that causes physical or emotional harm.

“I believe this is the new claim that employers will deal with. This will replace sexual harassment,” said Sharon Parella, a management-side employment lawyer in New York. “People who oppose it say these laws will force people to be polite at work. But you can no longer go to work and act like a beast and get away with it.”

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Benefits Pro: Workplace bullying legislation repeatedly defeated

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

By Scott Wooldridge, Benefits Pro, March 3, 2014

Public awareness of workplace bullying has never been higher, thanks to high-profile cases such as the one involving Miami Dolphins teammates Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin. Yet none of the more than two dozen states that have taken up the issue has actually passed any legislation to tackle the problem.

A recent survey found that 93 percent of Americans support legislation that would offer protections against bullying at work. The survey, conducted by Zogby Analytics for the Workplace Bullying Institute, found that 27 percent of Americans report having experienced abusive conduct at work. Another 21 percent say they have witnessed such behavior. Overall, 72 percent of those surveyed said they were aware of the issue of workplace bullying.

“Everybody has a story,” said Gary Namie, co-founder and director of the Workplace Bullying Institute. “It is an epidemic. When you count witnesses, 65 million people in the workforce know firsthand what (bullying) is about.”

The Incognito-Martin case brought workplace bullying into the spotlight.

Martin accused Incognito of bullying him, and then left the team. A lawyer hired by the National Football League to investigate the matter recently released a report concluding that Incognito “engaged in a pattern of harassment” of Martin.

Namie and his Bellingham, Wash.-based institute have been working on the issue for more than 20 years, but he said that the Incognito-Martin case caused “a tectonic shift.”

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2014 WBI U.S. Workplace Bullying Survey results

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014


2014 WBI U.S. Workplace Bullying Survey
February 2014

National Prevalence & Awareness
Gender of Perpetrators & Targets
Perpetrator Rank
Race & Ideology
Employer Reactions
Coworker Actions
Stopping the Bullying
Support for a Law
Causal Factors
About Bullied Targets
Methodology

Funding by 93 Indiegogo Contributors and major support from


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Assistance from Daniel Christensen & David Phillips
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Key Findings

- 27% of adult Americans have directly experienced “repeated abusive conduct that is threatening, intimidating, humiliating, work sabotage or work abuse.”

- Counting witnesses, 48% have been affected

- 72% of Americans are now aware of workplace bullying

- 93% of Americans want a law to protect them from abuse in addition to anti-discrimination laws

- Employers are lagging far behind and doing relatively nothing voluntarily to stop abusers on the payroll

- Women bullies still target women at a disproportional rate (68%)

- Women are still the majority of targets (60%)

Read a summary of the report at this website.


Download the complete report.


The WBI Infographic

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Bullying Breaks Hearts button/magnet from WBI

Monday, February 10th, 2014

A great way to remember year-round that workplace bullying creates problems for bullied targets — not only are rosy expectations to be left alone to do their jobs shattered, bullying causes stress-related health diseases, namely cardiovascular diseases.

Purchase the pin button or magnet at the WBI Merchandise Store — BullyBusters.

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APA on Workplace Bullying for employers

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

The American Psychological Association (APA), sponsor of the annual competition for the Psychologically Healthy workplace, has posted an informational resource page on Workplace Bullying for employers.

They also produced a cartoon which is factually correct. Thank you, APA.

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Business News Daily: Top 10 Outrageous Workplace Stories

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

From the Dec. 31 Business News Daily Top 10 Outrageous Workplace Stories 2013 list is number 3:

3. Miami Dolphins bullying: Thirty-year-old Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito was accused of bullying second-year lineman Jonathan Martin. The alleged harassment caused Martin to leave the team and Incognito to be suspended. According to a 2012 survey from the Workplace Bullying Institute, 68 percent of workplaces do not have a policy regarding workplace bullying.

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Last week to crowd-fund 2014 WBI U.S. Survey

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Please contribute to the WBI Indiegogo campaign to fund our national 2014 U.S. Workplace Bullying Survey.

Give a voice to the millions of bullied targets and invigorate the campaign to end workplace bullying with your gift.

On Jan. 6, we hit 140% of our goal!!!!

Campaign ends on Jan. 12.

Can you help with a donation as low as $5 to make a difference? Perks available for donations of at least $50.

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New WBI survey to complete

Friday, December 20th, 2013

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Happy Holidays from the Workplace Bullying Institute!

Monday, December 16th, 2013


Offices closed Dec. 16-Jan. 1. Back on Jan. 2

The WBI Indiegogo campaign to fund our national 2014 U.S. Workplace Bullying Survey ends mid-January.

Now is the best time of year to think of others. Give a voice to the millions of bullied targets and invigorate the campaign to end workplace bullying with your gift.

On Dec. 25, we hit 69% of our goal.

Can you help with a donation as low as $5 to make a difference. Perks available for donations of at least $50.

See the results of the the 2010 WBI U.S. Workplace Bullying Survey cited by more media than any other survey in the world.

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WBI Podcast 36: Straight talk about the movement against workplace bullying

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Dr. Gary Namie provides clarification about three fundamental themes of the social movement against workplace bullying which are commonly misunderstood or mischaracterized:

1) It’s about bullying, not bullies or their personalities.

2) Employers act irrationally and irresponsibly about bullying, which itself makes no sense.

3) Being “anti-abuse” is not the same as being “anti-corporate”

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