Press Release: Freedom Week: A Call to Stop Workplace Bullying

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Freedom Week: A Call to Stop Workplace Bullying (Louisville) Freedom from Workplace Bullies Week is a national awareness-raising event sponsored by the Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI). “Freedom Week is the chance to break through the shame and silence surrounding workplace bullying,” says Dr. Gary Namie, WBI co-founder and co-author of The Bully-Free Workplace (Wiley). WBI defines Workplace Bullying as abusive conduct committed by one or more perpetrators. According to the latest scientific WBI national survey, over one-quarter of adult Americans, 27%, have been the target of workplace bullying. A startling 65 million Americans are negatively affected by abusive conduct at work. Damages include harm to employee health and job loss; employers suffer lost productivity and lawsuits. It’s an epidemic but fear of losing one’s job in these tough economic times leads to underreporting. It’s a silent epidemic. In years past, several cities and counties across the country have proclaimed “Freedom from Workplace Bullies Week.” It is a time for bullied individuals and their families to plan ways to leave damaging jobs. Unions should awaken to bullying within their ranks. Employers should commit to stop the preventable losses. Lawmakers can introduce a state bill to curb bullying in the workplace called the Healthy Workplace Bill. ### Contact: Angela M. Woodward, Coordinator, Kentucky Healthy Workplace Bill 502-551-5279 WBI: http://workplacebullying.org/freedom-week HWB: http://healthyworkplacebill.org WBI is the first and only research and education U.S. organization dedicated to the eradication of abusive conduct in the...

10 Most Common Workplace Bullying Behaviors from Dr. Allan Beane and WBI Survey

10 Most Common Workplace Bullying Behaviors* · Falsely accusing someone of “errors” not actually made (71%) · Nonverbally intimidating and showing hostility with stares and glares (68%) · Discounting the person’s thoughts or feelings (“Oh, that’s silly.”) in meetings (64%) · Using the “silent treatment” to socially isolate (64%) · Making up her/his own rules on the fly that even she/he does not follow (61%) · Exhibiting uncontrollable mood swings in front of the group (61%) · Disregarding satisfactory or outstanding quality of completed work despite evidence (58%) · Harshly and constantly criticizing someone holding them to a different standard than others (57%) · Starting, or failing to stop, destructive rumors or gossip about a person (56%) · Encouraging people to turn against the person being bullied (55%) *2010 WBI U.S. Workplace Bullying Survey https://www.bullyfree.com/site/files/Overview_of_Bullying_in_the_Workplace_and_What_You_Can_Do_If_Bullied_Complete_Article.pdf...

Being Bullied at Mid-Life: Great article by David Yamada

“Although ‘middle aged’ is a term that few in their 40s and 50s are eager to embrace, this phase of life typically is marked by high levels of personal and occupational achievement and productivity. The specter of workplace bullying during the ongoing economic crisis, however, tells a very different story.”  more… Triple jeopardy: Workplace...

Bullying Statistics Don’t Lie

From Forbes magazine… According to David Maxfield, coauthor of the books Crucial Conversations and Influencer, 96% of American employees experience bullying in the workplace, and the nature of that bullying is changing. “In the 70’s, it was fisticuffs,” he recalls. “I don’t think that’s happening at Facebook.” Maxfield has been studying corporate culture and success since 1980, when he and several colleagues founded VitalSmarts, a corporate training and leadership development consultancy. Over the years, he developed a particular interest in workplace bullying – where it was happening, how it was changing, how it affected productivity and efficiency in the office – and this morning, VitalSmarts released a new study on the phenomenon by Maxfield and coauthor Joseph Grenny…. READ ENTIRE...