Posts Tagged ‘workplace bullying’

Counseling Today article featuring Jessi Eden Brown

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Here is an excerpt of the Counseling Today article by Lynne Shallcross entitled Grown-up bullying. WBI coach Jessi Eden Brown, MS, LMHC, contributed to the section about bullying in the workplace:

Unfortunately, graduating from college still doesn’t guarantee an end to bullying. A 2010 survey commissioned by the Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI) found that 35 percent of the U.S. workforce — an estimated 53.5 million Americans — report being bullied at work. An additional 15 percent said they had witnessed co-workers being bullied.

These statistics are all too familiar to Jessi Eden Brown, who serves as WBI’s administrator and also runs a private counseling practice in the Seattle area. About half of her clients deal with issues related to workplace bullying.



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Temple Law School Bullying Conference

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

David Yamada, professor of Law at Suffolk University and author of the Healthy Workplace Bill, recently participated in a bullying conference at Temple University.

The conference, Bullying: Redefining Boundaries, Responsibility, and Harm, examined the where bullying and the law intersect, from children in schools to seniors in assisted living.

Read David’s take on the event.


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Bullying Is Workplace Violence

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

It is not homicide, nor is it physical battery, but Workplace Bullying in its most severe form is violence. Its damage stems from psychological injury and stress-related diseases that destroy an employee’s ability to perform work accurately.

Here is our continuum of negative behavior that arranges mistreatment from mild to extreme. It appears in our book, The Bully-Free Workplace.



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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


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


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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