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Letter to the Editor: Shrewsbury Resident Supports Workplace Anti-Bullying Law

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Seen in the Shrewsbury Daily Voice

Dear Editor:

I am encouraging residents to support House Bill 1766-The Massachusetts Healthy Workplace Bill. The main purpose is to provide legal rights and remedies for employees who are severely bullied in the workplace. It also encourages employers to prevent further damages from workplace bullying.

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WBI Workplace Bullying Research — List of 33 studies by topic

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

The Topics Investigated by WBI
Workplace Bullying Research

WBI’s research complements the books, websites designed to help afflicted targets and their families, individualized support we give targets and Workplace Bullying University® for which research — ours and hundreds of others — is the foundation.

Below is the WBI set of 33 studies, arranged by topic, exploring most aspects of the workplace bullying phenomenon primarily from the perspectives of targeted individuals, conducted since the year 2000.

Use links to access all study synopses & downloadable reports.

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Anticipating opposition to New Hampshire HB 591

Monday, February 18th, 2013

The WBI-Healthy Workplace Bill in New Hampshire, HB 591, sponsored by the State Employees Association/SEIU Local 1984, will be heard in the House Labor Committee Tues. Feb. 19 (Details).

If the bill passes, protections against an abusive work environment (its definition in the bill follows the WBI definition of workplace bullying) would be granted to State workers. That means the opposition to the bill will not likly be led by the state chamber of commerce (the NH Business & Industry Association), though the bill is on their radar.

Principal opposition will be state agencies. The State is the employer who can be named liable for abusive practices that happen at their worksites. This alternate version of the bill has appeared in other states in past years. In each instance, State agencies make spurious claims that a new law is not needed. We contend that the HWB is necessary, given that bullying is so prevalent (35% of adult Americans experience it) when employers are free to exercise voluntary restraint.

Here is a six-pack of predictable objections and how to counter each.

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KGUN-TV 9, Tucson, AZ, Dealing with Workplace Bullying

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Dr. Gary Namie guests Feb. 15 on Tucson ABC-TV, KGUN-9

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Vernon, BC Workplace Bullying Event March 2

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

We Are All Affected – Vernon
2 March 2013, 10h00 – 17h00
Paddlewheel Hall, 7801 Okanagan Landing Road, Vernon, BC

Tickets: $15 or 5 for $50 – includes lunch

Presented and co-sponsored by PSAC Okanagan – Human Rights – Area Council – Women’s – and the Public Service Alliance of Canada BC Region.

For tickets and more information contact Maria-Luiza at (250) 351-4563 or Kelly at psacokanagan@gmail.com

Speakers:

Gary Namie, PhD: Gary is a social psychologist and widely regarded as North America’s foremost authority on Workplace Bullying. Along with his wife, Ruth, they wrote the popular books, The Bully-Free Workplace and The Bully At Work 2nd ed. He has 21 years university teaching experience in management and psychology. He now directs the only U.S. research and education organization with a focus on bullying at work, the Workplace Bullying Institute. The media regard Dr. Namie, after 1,000+ interviews, as the go-to expert.

Deborah Littman: Deborah is the Lead Organizer for Metro Vancouver Alliance, an alliance of labour, community, educational and faith organizations, working together for the common good. Deborah has trained hundreds of community and labour leaders and developed projects bringing together local organizations around issues of common concern. Debora has also been deeply involved in campaigning around low pay and living wage issues, helping to launch living wage campaigns in the UK and Canada.

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New bills to combat workplace bullying introduced: NY & WV

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

The 2013-2014 2 year legislative cycle has begun in most states. The WBI-Healthy Workplace Bill State Coordinators and citizen lobbyists are active. The Healthy Workplace Bill is authored by Suffolk University Law Professor David Yamada, a WBI affiliate. Groups of volunteer Healthy Workplace Advocates operate in 39 states.

As of Valentine’s Day, 9 versions of our bill have been introduced in 7 states. The most recent additions are New York (A 4965) and West Virginia (HB 2054).

You can track progress of each bill, learn when new bills are added, and sign up to help at the Healthy Workplace Bill website.

Gary Namie, PhD
National Campaign Director

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WBI Survey: Workplace Bullying from the Perspective of U.S. Business Leaders, part 2

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

2013 WBI-ZOGBY: WORKPLACE BULLYING FROM THE
PERSPECTIVE OF U.S. BUSINESS LEADERS

Part 2 of 2

Zogby Analytics was commissioned by the Workplace Bullying Institute to conduct an online survey of 315 U.S. business leaders in three market areas: San Francisco, New York City and Washington D.C. The survey was completed January 21, 2013.

The sample consisted of three groups of decision makers: Owner or partner (Owners); CXO/Administrator/Director (CXOs); President/VP/Manager (VPs). There were 58 owners, 95 CXOs, and 158 presidents. One hundred ten respondents led companies with more than 500 employees, 47 led companies with between 201-500 employees, and 48 led companies with between 50-200 employees, and 106 led companies with less than 50 employees.

Two WBI-relevant questions were asked as part of the larger Business Leaders Survey.

Read Part 1 for the results of Question 1 and comparison to the opinions of bullied targets.

Question 2

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WBI Survey: Workplace Bullying from the Perspective of U.S. Business Leaders, Part 1

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

2013 WBI-ZOGBY: WORKPLACE BULLYING FROM THE
PERSPECTIVE OF U.S. BUSINESS LEADERS

Part 1 of 2

Most of the research conducted by the Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI) queries individuals who have declared themselves to be targets of workplace bullying. That is, we are able to see the word through the lens of targets. These surveys are based on self-selected samples, and are necessarily non-scientific.

In a WBI 2010 survey of 333 target-respondents, they stated that only 4% of employers had raised awareness of bullying, whereas 81% had done nothing to stop bullying. Of the employers who did nothing, 46% were described as “resistant” to the topic.

WBI asked 311 targets in 2012 to describe policies their employers had created to address workplace bullying. Only 5.5% of employers were given credit for having a policy and enforcement procedure that effectively covered bullying (3% of those policies were titled “Respect” Policies). (WBI-2012-IP-B)

In a separate 2012 survey, 250 targets reported that 30% of their employers said that bullying “doesn’t happen” (at their workplace). Additionally, respondents said that 88% of American employers failed to take action at all. Employers denied their responsibility to fix the problem. (WBI-2012-IP-E)

The portrait of employer activity as told by targets was unflattering. We were able, thanks to the resources of Zogby Analytics, to poll business leaders directly. The results enable a comparison of target and executive perspectives.

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The Hook: Self-reflection — Are you a workplace bully?

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

By Hilary Holladay, Contributor to The Hook, Charlottesville (VA), Feb. 14, 2013

Over the past five years, I’ve given a lot of thought to workplace bullying. I moved 650 miles, back home to Virginia, to escape a bully at my old job. I have friends who have been similarly tormented. We’ve traded stories and consoled one another. Some of them, like me, have found new work, or they have X’ed off the calendar days and finally escaped their tormentors through retirement. But a lot of people don’t have those options just yet, and they shouldn’t have to leave otherwise rewarding jobs just because someone is trying to make them miserable. So they continue to suffer the anxiety, anger, and depression that come with being bullied.

Awareness of the problem reached a tipping point in Charlottesville after Virginia Quarterly Review editor Kevin Morrissey’s suicide in 2010. The devastating event touched off dozens of news stories locally and nationally about workplace bullying. Board of Visitors Rector Helen Dragas’ thwarted attempt to oust UVa President Teresa Sullivan last summer raised the specter yet again. Everybody, it seems, is at risk of being bullied.

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Research: Impact of abusive supervision — direct and vicarious

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

A new academic study is added to the burgeoning research literature related to workplace bullying. It explores the impact of both direct and indirect (vicarious) exposure to bullying bosses.

Kenneth J. Harris , Paul Harvey , Ranida B. Harris & Melissa Cast (2013): An Investigation of Abusive Supervision, Vicarious Abusive Supervision, and Their Joint Impacts, The Journal of Social Psychology, 153:1, 38-50.

The most impressive aspect of the study was a credible and clever technique to recruit survey respondents. Rather than rely on the opinions of young college students with very limited real world work experience, the researchers asked employed students taking a management course to ask fellow employees to complete the survey as long as respondents worked in organizations with more than 10 workers and who worked full-time. The resulting sample included 233 individuals with an average age of 42.61 years, a group capable of evaluating real workplace incidents.

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