The Workplace Bullying Institute just released this new survey revealing that 93% of Americans support a law to combat workplace bullying. Can you help us get this release out to local papers in Massachusetts, association newsletters, and listservs?
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sunday, March 2
Poor Employer Reactions to Abusive Workplace Bullying Trigger 93% Public Support for New Law
Results of scientific 2014 WBI U.S. Workplace Bullying Survey shows epidemic prevalence. Despite this, employers fail to protect targeted employees, resulting in nearly unanimous support for creating a new law.
Boston, MA — March 2 — The Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI) defined workplace bullying as “abusive conduct that is threatening, intimidating, humiliating, work sabotage, or verbal abuse” in its 2014 national survey. Key results: 27% of all adult Americans have directly experienced it, 21% have witnessed it, 56% of perpetrators are bosses.
Since WBI introduced workplace bullying to the country in 1997, public awareness has risen to 72% according to the new survey. Despite this awareness, employers do little to stop workplace bullying.
The majority (72%) of employers reacted to complaints in inappropriate ways: 25% did not investigate, 31% either discounted it as not serious or considered it routine, 11% defended bullies, and 5% actively encouraged the abuse.
“Unfortunately the victims of this serious health-harming abuse are the ones asked to stop it,” says WBI director Dr. Gary Namie, “If there were a law as in Canada and other industrialized nations, employers would have to protect workers.”
According to the survey, an overwhelming majority of Americans (93%) support enactment of a new law that would protect all workers from repeated abusive mistreatment at work. Only 1% strongly opposed such a measure.
“Because of the strong public support and the stories from Massachusetts citizens, HB1766 is active in the Commonwealth” says Debra Falzoi, State Co-Coordinator to enact the anti-bullying Healthy Workplace Bill. “This year could be a breakthrough year for us.”
WBI commissioned Zogby Analytics to conduct the survey of a national representative sample of all adult Americans (MOE ± 3.2%).
The Healthy Workplace Campaign is a national initiative to enact state laws to address abusive conduct in the American workplace. State Coordinators form a network of volunteer advocates. To date, 26 states have introduced the a version of the model legislation, the Healthy Workplace Bill. healthyworkplacebill.org http://www.mahealthyworkplace.com
Contact: Debra Falzoi, Massachusetts Healthy Workplace Advocates, 774-283-5435