The anti-workplace bullying Healthy Workplace Bill isn’t just in Massachusetts. According to the national campaign, 30 state legislatures have introduced the bill. If you’re in one of those states that has a Facebook page, join them (and us!) to get information on workplace bullying in general and the legislative efforts in your state:
Join the movement to end workplace bullying
If you see your state listed here, join the page or group and stay active in it. Share and like posts so they reach further. That’s how we’ll spread the word to make “workplace bullying” a household term.
If you know of Facebook pages or groups we’re missing, comment here. If you don’t see one, start one and let us know the link.
While we want the Healthy Workplace Bill passed, we’re also changing the common way of thinking about employees — that employees’ mental well-being matters. We’re not just saying that a bill needs to pass. We’re moving the needle, each one of us, one by one, to say that mental health matters at work. We’ll look back on this movement and think how absurd it is that workplace bullying is allowed — just as we think not allowing women to vote was absurd.
There’s been recent talk and action from experts on the Healthy Workplace Bill to take the issue to an anti-workplace bullying movement level.
Imagine workplaces based on mutual respect. Places where people can contribute and feel valued and important. Where workplace bullying isn’t acceptable, but growth and support are. How do we get there? What might the roadmap look like?
Let’s take a look at other social ills: murder, rape, domestic violence. At first we deemed these problems to be problems, then made them illegal. We looked at how to help victims and families of victims. Then the conversation went deeper. We started asking more questions: how do murderers become murderers? What motivates a domestic abuser? How do we prevent crimes from happening in the first place? Aside from accountability through law, what tools do we need? Here is a possible next step in the road toward healthier workplaces:
Analysis of the bully AND the target. We have insights about what types of people get bullied at work: highly competent and highly ethical. Maybe even those who had a bullying parent. But what about the bully? Is it simply insecurity that causes bullying? Or psychopathic tendencies? Or family modeling? Or a combination? More research can help us understand both the target and the bully and move the conversation from mostly how to deal with a workplace bully to more on what makes a workplace bully and how to prevent it.
What are your ideas for the next step in the healthy workplace vision?
Those of us who experienced workplace bullying firsthand remember a specific period of time: the window of time after the bullying pattern started when we felt most isolated and before we knew the term “workplace bullying.”
Think about that time for a moment.
Remember when you discovered the term. You may have searched online for help and stumbled into the term. You may have read what workplace bullying is and what its effects are on your health. You may even remember exactly where you were when you found the term. You suddenly felt less alone. You suddenly felt as though you weren’t crazy, you weren’t imagining what was happening to you, and you were and should have been just as shocked by your experience as your friends and family when you described it to them.
There are thousands of people out there just like you and me who feel isolated today. People who have no idea that what’s happening to them at work isn’t their fault. These are the people who would join our base of supporters and champion the Healthy Workplace Bill moving forward — if only they knew what workplace bullying is.
These are the people who we need to educate on a simple, basic level: what is workplace bullying?
Take these people out of isolation by telling them what workplace bullying is. Start by simply sharing this Facebook post: https://www.facebook.com/mahealthyworkplace/photos/a.172074449491631.40768.163450923687317/845756905456712/?type=1
Don’t let another day go by letting these people live in isolation. Help make the term “workplace bullying” a household term so that no one has to live the isolation you went through before you took back the power and became an advocate.
What was it like for you to discover the term “workplace bullying”? Do you remember where you were, how you discovered it, and what it felt like?