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WBI Fact Sheet on Workplace Bullying

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Here is a flyer that we developed for targets to share with their employers who do not understand what workplace bullying is. If the reaction to this simple sheet is negative then you know to not waste time trying to educate that person. They will never be sympathetic to your plight.

Download the flyer here


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Workplace Bullying Scenario

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

A big part of my job here at WBI is to help targets over the phone. This gives me the opportunity to hear many stories describing the dastardly tactics and deceit used by workplace aggressors and employers to hurt bullied targets.

Just when I think I’ve heard it all, there’s another whopper. According to an unnamed caller, one way employers might unintentionally warn of an impending termination is through healthcare benefit cancellation. If you think you may be fired, call your insurer to ask when (or if) your health care benefits are scheduled to expire.

You may surprised to find the date sooner than you thought, which may indicate when the company plans to let you go.

Have you heard of or experienced this? Let us know in the comments.


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WBI Survey to complete — discovering workplace bullying

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Please complete the newest WBI 6-question survey. Share how you discovered/came upon/”stumbled upon” workplace bullying. Thank you. Watch this space for results. See results of our other 37 studies completed to date with downloadable reports.


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WBI Podcast 34: Felix Nater

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Here is a nice piece of older audio from a radio program featuring Dr. Namie. His guest is Felix Nater, a former Postal Inspector, whose experiences led him to investigate workplace homicides and to prosecute offenders. Prevention was often lacking. Now consultant Nater makes violence prevention a key part of the business process for clients. He developed the Violence Interdiction Model which he shares with the Work Doctor audience.

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New WBI Survey

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Please take some time to complete the newest WBI Survey. How did you first discover workplace bullying?

Click here to take the survey


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Monday, June 17th, 2013

An Ongoing Problem in the Health Care Workplace

By Jennifer Larson
June 13, 2013

When children repeatedly torment other children at school, it’s called bullying, and it’s deemed a significant problem. Research shows that children who are bullied tend to experience increased levels of stress, anxiety and depression.

Unfortunately, bullying doesn’t stop at the playground gates, and children aren’t the only ones who engage in bullying behavior.

The American Nurses Association (ANA) reports that between 18 and 31 percent of nurses have experienced bullying behavior at work. Like schoolyard bulling, workplace bullying involves a real or perceived imbalance of power and repetition of the negative behavior. The behavior can be overt, such as yelling or threatening, or it can be more insidious and passive, like refusing to cooperate or perform necessary tasks.

Whatever forms it takes, bullying is a serious, complex and ongoing problem in the health care workplace that results in demoralization and decreased job satisfaction, as well as feelings of isolation, anxiety, sadness and depression.

Bullying can also result in harm to patients. In a 2008 Sentinel Alert that addressed disruptive behaviors, The Joint Commission noted that “intimidating and disruptive behaviors can foster medical errors and (lead) to preventable adverse outcomes.”



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Levo League: Mean Girls at Work

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Regina: Oh, my God! I love your skirt. Where did you get it?

Lea Edwards: It was my mom’s in the ’80s.

Regina: Vintage. So adorable.

Lea Edwards: Thanks.

Regina: [turns to Cady] That is the ugliest effing skirt I’ve ever seen.

The above line is from the classic and brilliant film Mean Girls. The fake compliment was given by Regina George. George is a queen bee at a high school. She rules the social scene because she is a brilliant war strategist. Seriously General Patton has nothing on this girl. Everything looks effortless but every move is actually calculated. And though I would like to say this type of foul play only exists in high school and (wildly entertaining) movies, that is absolutely not true.

Woman-on-woman harassment is on the rise. Thirty-five percent of Americans reported being bullied at work, according to a 2010 survey by the Workplace Bullying Institute. Female bullies more frequently engaged in under-the-radar behaviors such as sabotage (53.7 percent of female vs. 39.9 percent of male bullies) and abuse of authority (50.2 percent vs. 44.7 percent), as compared to the more observable form of verbal abuse engaged in by more male than female bullies, at 57.5 and 47.1 percents, respectively.



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Let’s Talk with Kalola: Bullying is affecting my health

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Dear Kalola,

When I started with this company as a Clerical Assistant for the data team I was happy outgoing and loved going to work. When I made a change because of a financially crisis at home, I was not doing good so I transferred to a FT position. Once I moved into this position I was quickly moved to another position without even being asked. I had no proper training and my manager didn't know much either so it made this job stressful because you had to meet quotas and they based your performance on that. I began to feel really stressed.

For my one year anniversary my manager threw the packet on my desk and walked away in front of my coworkers. I felt humiliated, embarrassed and ashamed. After 3 months of this stress I began to feel sick nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, losing excessive weight, and migraines. I was diagnosed with 2 bleeding ulcers, a gastric ulcer and a condition called gastro paresis which its a condition where the stomach does not empty. After 4 months of hostile environment I was diagnosed with anxiety, depression and high blood pressure.

I wrote to HR and I was ignored. I filled out FMLA, I wrote to the owner 3 times but that made matters worse. I am still being written up and ignored. They have succeeded in taking my chance in education, my school flex schedule was taken away, written up with no chance to transfer out of this hostile deptartment. Everyday I am being harassed, abused and humiliated, provoked...I am at the end of my rope sometimes I feel like Im losing my mind...I cant quit because financially I'm suffering with all the hospital bills, doctor bills, procedures and medication.

Because of being absent because of my illness I am not getting paid, my bills have accumulated and I have no money to buy my Rx one at $30 the other three $15 each. My health has deteriorated drastically from someone so full of life, happy and outgoing to a depressed, not wanting to go out, insomnia, worries of what will happen if I lose my job, hard time sleeping and shutting down my brain so I don't think about it. Everyday going to work my body begins to shake, my chest gets tight, I have a hard time breathing, the nausea starts then the vomiting, diarrhea, and migraines begin again I stay feeling anxious and all I do is cry uncontrollably. On the weekends I am fine come Sunday night and everything starts again.

Florida Worker


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Catholic school fires teacher stalked by abusive ex

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

A story of double jeopardy — a victim of domestic violence is treated like a criminal by her employer. Carie Charlesworth, 2nd grade teacher at Holy Trinity school in San Diego, warned her principal that her ex-spouse was on the grounds despite a court restraining order. The school went into lockdown. The abusive man subsequently went to prison for other crimes. Carie was fired and prevented from working for any other school in the diocese (district). Read the termination letter. Sadly, her four children enrolled at the school were also tossed out.

Simply put, because the violent man broke his restraining order, teacher and mother Carie was punished.

Video from NBC-TV-7, San Diego

A 2011 study by Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center Project SURVIVE found that nearly 40% of survivors in California reported being fired or fearing termination due to domestic violence.

The full story at the TV station website.


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Inside the mind of a whistleblower: Edward Snowden speaks

Monday, June 10th, 2013

Listen to the reasoning Ed Snowden, the self-confessed NSA whistleblower, describes. He chose to not remain “comfortable” while he watched top secret surveillance (of dubious constitutionality) turned on Americans grow year by year. He has sacrificed his career and safety to convince Americans that they should tell Congress to stop spying on its citizens. Watch the reactions.

Who will give him credit for bravery? Not Sen. Dianne Feinstein who spoke of a “culture of leaks,” and not the President whose pledge of transparency rings hollow in light of the evidence Snowden outed. Snowden is out of the U.S. and is certain he will be hunted like prey. Read the smears by New York Times columnist David Brooks.

The bullying, no the torture, of the whistleblower has just begun. Follow the assassination of his character as defenders of the status quo rally to brand him a traitor (he rebuts that argument in this interview). Reports about an abnormal childhood will surface. Former love partners will suddenly appear proclaiming him an inadequate young man. Coworkers will say he was always a bit “off” and “different.” His managers at Booz Allen will say they had no idea he was so untrustworthy. Here’s the job description to be Snowden’s replacement in Hawaii. Blah, blah, blah. All garbage manufactured by people with 1/100th of Snowden’s ethics.

The older ones among us remember the condemnation of Daniel Ellsberg who leaked the Pentagon Papers that showed government lying about Vietnam. Would we ever have left there without that disclosure? Unlikely. And it is Ellsberg who considers this leak the most important in American history.

We need truth tellers. Why must telling the truth cost principled people their jobs, careers and safety?

Those who are bullied at work and reveal the truth about the abuse and abusers are similarly discredited and blamed. All whistleblowers are bullied. Not every one bullied is a whistleblower. All are made to suffer for taking a principled stand.

I think the followers of WBI can identify with Snowden.


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