More Employees Cite “Incivility” As Reason For Leaving Jobs

Even though the 2013 report, Civility in America, showed a sharp decline in workplace incivility in the last two years “there has been a 30% increase in Americans reporting they have quit a job because it was an uncivil workplace.”  This increase in job shifts is surprising because a similar decline was found by the Workplace Bullying Institute in relationship to more abusive situations; down from 13% in 2007 to just 7% in 2014. Continue reading

Read about our new documentary in Psychology Today!

ted_meBIGPsychology Today’s new review of was posted today! “It is a brilliant use of technology for which Peterson was awarded Best TransMedia Website at the 2013UFVA “Story First Conference,” and has been praised by The Washington Post for showing how complicated human relationships can be when explored in depth.” Check out the review: Documentary Asks Troubling Questions About Bullying  Don’t forget to leave a comment on the PT article letting them know what you think…

Lawyers and the Office Bully

The Workplace Bullying Institute website warns attorneys who defend targets of workplace bullying:

• bullied clients present challenges because of their strong negative affect – they feel wronged, treated unjustly by both indifferent employers, inadequate laws and betrayed by their union, coworkers, HR, and senior management

• because of the stress-related health consequences…, they may actually be incapable of rendering good decisions and weighing options rationally

• if traumatized, clients will present themselves angrily and be unrealistically demanding.

How can targets be better prepared if they are seeking legal advice? In this second excerpt from the new book, MOBBED! A Survival Guide To Adult Bullying and Mobbing, Dr. Janice Harper offers advice and tips on what to expect… Continue reading

Top #3 Harmful Definitions of Workplace Bullying

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The purpose of my documentary research into the topic of workplace bullying has been to ask several questions – chief among them is:

Can workplace bullying be defined? If so, how and who decides? How do we avoid – and recognize – false accusations? 

Below are some popular ways of defining workplace bullying that may be doing more harm than good. This article recognizes the work of those who have gone before and is respectfully intended to break down silos and build bridges that encourage broader more inclusive discussion as we move closer to a legislative solution.

1. NO HARM, NO FOUL: Continue reading

WBI Survey: Two Thirds of U.S. Companies Address Workplace Bullying

If you think the C-Suite isn’t aware of the havoc abusive bosses heap on their employees, think again. According to the startling results of the 2013 Zogby Survey conducted for the Workplace Bullying Institute just *15% of upper management still clings to the outmoded idea that bullying only happens in schools and playgrounds — and perhaps for those lucky few that’s true. In fact, nearly *70% recognize it is a serious problem. Unfortunately, despite this welcome increase in corporate insight, those of us who have been on the receiving end of abusive behavior can certainly argue that this new corporate awareness is less often reflected in how our complaints are addressed. Clearly it’s time to include enlightened employers in the discussions about prevention of abusive work environments. Here’s how Zogby broke down the survey responses: Continue reading

Workplace Bullying: What Google Search Page Are You On? We Are #1!

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Woo Hoo! Who cares what google search page we show up on?  You should because we are fighting to highlight and promote diverse voices and alternative approaches to prevent workplace bullying and make your life safer. And, we did this without funding, advertising, or revenues.  Word of mouth still rules!  If you keep seeking us out on Google we’ll be there for you: Continue reading