Workplace bullying is an injustice. When a competent target poses a threat to a deeply insecure aggressor, “the disconnect between deservedness and the deep misery experienced is at the heart of the injustice. Years after targets are out of harm’s way, they still feel lingering pangs of unfairness, inequity, injustice,” says the Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI). Without a law making workplace bullying illegal, targets are left with finding justice in other ways.
In a 2012 poll, WBI found that 54 percent of targets never found a sense of justice. However, 46 percent of respondents said they found at least some sense of justice by (in order of popularity):
- Exposing the bullying to senior management
- Prioritizing their health and career over that particular job
- Becoming an advocate for the cause to end workplace bullying
- Hiring an attorney and mounting a legal response
- Telling their stories to the media
Join us EVERY THURSDAY at 10am EST starting on October 6 for a check-in on what’s working and what’s not working with building awareness about workplace bullying. Our focus is on actions in New England states, but anyone is welcome to call in for inspiration and to give updates to inspire others.
It’s all about collaboration, communication, support, and action.
Call into 515-739-1020, access code 335720.
Now creating events to educate others about workplace bullying is even easier. Plan an event in your area through this simple tool:
- Flyering at commuter rail lots, outside T stations, outside hospitals, and in parking lots of companies that allow workplace bullying
- Gathering at your home or local coffee shop
- Get a group of teachers, nurses, or other workers to go to the State House to speak with legislators as a group
- Running with a group at a 5k wearing “end workplace bullying” t-shirts
- Sign-holding event
- Support group
- Tabling at a local event
- Other events as you see fit
In January and throughout the two-year legislative process, we’ll look to reach you to let you know when it’s go-time to contact your legislators. And in some cases, we’ll only need to let some of you know because we’ll need to urge just your rep or senator. Or you might miss our Facebook posts and miss out on a crucial timeframe for emailing or calling your legislators.
So we ask you to sign up for our email legislative alert system. That way you won’t have to be on the lookout on Facebook to know when it’s time to contact your legislators. The message will show up in your inbox.
And we need as many contacts as possible so we can contact our legislators at key times and get this bill passed this session. So share this message.
The new two-year legislative session begins January 2017, and anti-workplace bullying advocates are already collaborating about how we’ll continue to build awareness this fall and next session in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
- How school bullying passed in Massachusetts
- How we’ll use suicide from workplace bullying stories to put urgency behind the bill
- What’s working in other states
- Your ideas that you can execute (for the sake of time, we’ll limit ideas to those that you can lead or help make happen)
Ideas so far to plan
- Research of suicide stories
- Art displays
- Flash mob at high profile location in Boston
- Live Facebook talks
- Organizing groups of people to go to the State House
- Speaking engagements
Bring your ideas of what you’d like to see us doing and how you can make it happen.
We can get up to five people on conference call. Call into 774.283.5435 at 6:55pm that night. If you plan on calling in, comment so we’ll know if we need an additional phone.
Those in other states are especially welcome to call in and share what they’re doing that’s working that we can try in Massachusetts.
Building our base
Bring others if you can. We’ll get this bill passed with the power of numbers, so your help in building awareness is greatly appreciated.
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We just finished up a full two-year legislative session to get the anti-bullying Healthy Workplace Bill passed in Massachusetts. Some of you longtime advocates may be disappointed that a third session has gone by with no law passed. No law means more suffering, more stress, and even more suicide contemplation for workplace bullying targets.
But legislative change takes time and persistence. It takes education, awareness building, and passion. No social change happened overnight or even in just a couple years. School bullying legislation even took years to pass until the suicide of student Phoebe Prince catapulted the topic to an urgent level. (We’re looking for those stories.)
Where we’ve come
We’ve built huge momentum both inside and outside the State House:
- Nearly 6,000 citizens to contact at each step in the two-year process
- Almost 1/3 of the entire State Legislature as official bill sponsors in the last session, up from 1/5 of the entire State Legislature in the previous session
Five short months
We have five short months until the next legislative session in January. It’s not a time to take a breather. Just the opposite. It’s time to further build up our masses inside and outside the State House. While we’re working on the logistics of a planning meeting this fall to focus on outside the State House, we need to continue working on inside the State House in these three ways:
- Email tool. Here’s the easy part: all you need is about 10 seconds to email your state rep and senator using this incredibly simple tool. If you do nothing else, that’s a huge help.
- Legislator meetings. What would be even better is to meet with your legislators, or even just one of them, locally or at the State House. All legislators have local office hours and State House office hours. Schedule a meeting, share why you want the bill to pass, and know you’ve made a huge step toward making history. (If you can get a group of former or current colleagues or friends to go, even better.)
- Ripple effect. Share the email tool with colleagues and friends. The only thing simpler than using our email tool to write your legislators is to hit Share on this posting. You never know who the message will resonate with. If a friend shares with another friend, you might even take someone out of isolation or suicide contemplation. A little goes a long way.
Stay tuned for information on our planning meeting. In the meantime, think about how you can help pass this bill.
And thank you for your efforts to help make workplace bullying illegal in Massachusetts. You’re already helping to make a difference in people’s lives when they learn the term “workplace bullying,” put a name to what they’re experiencing, and begin to heal.
In just a few short days, this Facebook post has resonated with nearly 6,000 Facebook users who shared it. 238 likes. 89,138 people reached. And these numbers are still growing.
For those of us who love data, compare those numbers to our second most popular Facebook post – with 1,204 shares.
What these stats mean
Nearly 6,000 Facebook shares means that:
- Workplace bullying is epidemic. We live in a bully culture at the expense of our best workers’ health. That’s bad for everyone, no matter how you slice it: businesses, workers, and our personal relationships.
- We’re growing. Reaching nearly 90,000 people resulted from your commitment to spreading the word over the years. You’ve helped build a base of advocates who are creating a ripple effect and helping to make “workplace bullying” a household term – one person at a time.
Thank you for spreading the word about workplace bullying. You’re making a difference.