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Freedom From Workplace Bullies Week

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017


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Two days left in Freedom Week

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

WBI Freedom from Workplace Bullies Week

Change your work environment in any way you have power to make it happen!


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2015 Freedom from Workplace Bullies Week: Oct 18-24

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

8th Annual WBI Celebration

Freedom From Workplace Bullies Week-WBI


• As Targets of bullying, shame paralyzes us and prevents us from defending ourselves.
• As members of Targets’ Families, we watch in horror as our loved ones’ lives unravel before our eyes.
• As Witnesses, fear of engagement, fear of threats to our own safety, prevent us from helping targets.
• As Managers, we lack the skills to stop it, confusing bullying with conflict, which we all abhor.
• As HR, we watch helplessly because laws do not compel policies that give us authority to act.
• As Union officers, we are too occupied with survival to see how much our members are suffering.
• As Owners/Executives, we wonder why some of the most admired managers are considered abusive.
• As State Lawmakers, we fear losing business lobby support, so we ignore the Healthy Workplace Bill.

Unrealistic fears, self-blame, rampant institutional indifference, and waiting for regulations are the excuses to not take positive prosocial action today to help those who are harmed by abusive conduct of others. How dare we turn our backs. Are we not moral human beings with empathy for the plight of oppressed peers?

So, just this one week of the year, let’s say “no” to all the rationalizations that sustain bullying in our workplaces. Open our eyes and see the harm caused.

Yes. Bullying costs employers. But bullying carries a tremendous human cost in terms of preventable stress-related injuries to the most capable workers among us.

DO SOMETHING POSITIVE! Visit the Freedom Week section of the WBI website.

Tell WBI the activity you plan for the week and we will post it here. Send message to namie at workplacebullying dot org.

Downloadable 2015 Flyers to print for your workplace.

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Cities and counties declare Freedom From Workplace Bullies Week!

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

As part of Freedom From Workplace Bullies Week, the WBI has been encouraging cities across the country to take a stand. So far over 200 have since 2011. We’ve created a gallery of proclamations to showcase their support. Thanks to all those who’ve participated.


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2013 Freedom from Workplace Bullies Week: Oct. 20-26

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Breaking the Silence about this Hidden Epidemic

Freedom From Bullies WeekAnnouncing the 2013 Workplace Bullying Institute Freedom from Workplace Bullies Week — October 20-26. Created to be a special time to try something different to stop workplace bullying for bullied targets, coworkers, family members, supervisors, managers, HR, executives, lawmakers, cities, counties and communities. Read our suggestions for activities.

Watch videos from the 2012 Washington DC event featuring union officials. Read the proclamations from cities and counties.


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Taking a stand against workplace bullying is as easy as this

Friday, November 9th, 2012

On Nov. 1, 2012, three women — Julie Berg, Barb Samarzia and Audra Lenzen — set up a table at the St. Louis County (Minnesota) Employers’ Health Fair at the Government Services Center declaring that Work Shouldn’t Hurt! They took a stand. They stood with WBI and made a Freedom Week statement to the community. They broke the silence! Congratulations ladies. Scroll down for pictures.



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Make your own Freedom Week T-Shirt

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

For Freedom Week this year, why not make a T-shirt to voice your support? We have iron-on transfers available for both white and dark, non-polyester cotton T-shirts. The artwork is identical for both. Application instructions are provided with the package. The transfer has the Freedom from Workplace Bullies Week logo and the shirt you create can be worn year after year.

$7.99 for the 8.5 x 11″ transfer designed for light-color cotton only
$8.99 for the 8.5 x 11″ transfer designed dark-color cotton only

NOTE: T-shirt not included!


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To Stop Workplace Bullying — Sponsors Must Cut Bullies Loose

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Memo to Executives: Let the Bully Go, Boost the Bottom Line

Bob is the proverbial bully (Bobette when a woman). He operates freely without risk of being punished or terminated. So, every week is Freedom Week for bullies. Since Bob is free 52 weeks a year, dear executive, please use this one week, Freedom from Workplace Bullies Week, to end your relationship with Bob that makes life miserable for everyone else except you and Bob. It will take courage, of course. Here’s why and how to do it.


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Cities Proclaim Freedom from Workplace Bullies Week 2011!

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

As of Oct. 25, Freedom From Workplace Bullies Week has been recognized by 40 cities, 2 counties, 1 university.

Visit the gallery of proclamations.

California cities: Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Santa Cruz, South Lake Tahoe, Culver City, Pittsburg, Antioch, Torrance, Burbank, Carson, Placerville, Palo Alto, and El Dorado County

Texas cities: El Paso, Corsicana, Longview, Killeen, Galveston, San Marcos, Sante Fe, San Antonio, Arlington, New Braunfels, Bedford, Bridgeport, Midland, Rockwall

Throughout Freedom Week, the Texas Healthy Workplace Advocates are hosting an informational table at the state capitol lobby in sight of all passing lawmakers.

Connecticut cities: New London, East Haven, Newtown, Milford, Torrington, Bethel,
Central Connecticut State University

An October 20 6:30-8:30 pm. presentation: “Is Connecticut Ready for Healthy Workplaces?: A Forum on Law, Psychology, and Society’s Response to Abusive Conduct in the Workplace.” Speakers include Tom Witt of New York Health Workplace Advocates, and Vicki J. Magley, Ph.D. Department of Psychology-University of Connecticut. Diloreto 001.

Ohio city: Steubenville

Virginia cities: Newport News, Portsmouth, Norfolk

West Virginia cities: Weirton, Morgantown

A lunchtime power point presentation “Workplace Bullying” by Staff Council member and West Virginia Healthy Workplace Bill State Coordinator Lana Cooke will be given for WVU Classified Staff from noon to 1 p.m. on the following dates: Oct. 17, 401 Marina Tower Conference Room; Oct., 19, Coliseum Jerry West Lounge; Oct. 20, 1 Waterfront Place Visitor’s Center/Theater 1st floor

Oct. 18: WVCUPA-HR Board at the fall WVCUPA-HR Conference, Stonewall Resort Conference Center

Take a moment to sign the Healthy Workplace Bill WV Online Petition

Washington county: Snohomish

Wisconsin city: LaCrosse

State Rep. Kelda Roys & State Sen. Spencer Coggs introduced the anti-bullying Healthy Workplace Bill in the Wisconsin legislature on Oct. 17.

Massachusetts: the HWB Coordinators are introducing new ways to get involved, including our all-new Street Teams, where you can help spread the word at other organizations’ meetings, 5ks, parades, and more. Get all the details at the MA Healthy Workplace Bill website.

Oregon: Celebrate Freedom from Workplace Bullies Week by attending 2 days of workshops in Portland. Dr. Denise Haugen, WBI Affiliate, will be presenting! Find more information at the CNRG website.


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Freedom Week: The Time to Break Silence About Workplace Bullying

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Bullying at work is a dirty little secret. Though it occurs with epidemic frequency (experienced by 35% of all adult Americans), it is a silent epidemic because it is too rarely discussed. Why the silence?

– personal shame by targets (who would brag about being humiliated?)
– coworkers frozen by bullies into not helping their bullied colleagues
– executives covering up for bullies they sponsor/support
– bullying is the American style of managing

Over time, fear paralyzes us all. Overcoming the inertia of inaction is difficult. We know.

But the most successful personal change plans are the ones triggered by events that suggest karma is working — a sign from above, a coincidental omen. That event becomes the excuse, the rationale, for doing something out of the ordinary.

WBI’s Freedom from Workplace Bullies Week is the reason to change how you are dealing with your bullying situation.


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