As we get ready for the next legislative session in January, we want to share your workplace bullying stories this fall to build our base (last week, a reporter from Redbook asked us for your stories, and we passed many along).
We can help get your story out, even anonymously. Email us at email@example.com THIS WEEK with your one-page story. Include:
Where did you work and what did you do?
Where do you live?
How did the bullying begin? What tactics were used?
How did you feel?
How did it escalate?
How did your employer react (or not react)?
What was the impact on you?
What was the impact on the organization?
Why do you want workplace bullying legislation to pass?
What we’ve done so far
As we plan for next session, here’s what worked and didn’t work for spreading the word about workplace bullying and the bill:
- Asked people to call key offices at different stages of the process.
- Shared personal stories.
- Tweeted at legislators and potential supporters.
- Made phone calls to potential supporters (women ages 30-54 in most progressive MA towns without current co-sponsorship).
- Researched email addresses in those same towns.
- Spoke in front of Democratic Town Committees.
- Sent out requests for endorsements to organizations.
- Held Flyer Days.
- Testified at the hearing.
- Created and promoted an easy tool for calling and writing legislators.
- Created videos for social media.
- Wrote letters to those who made civil service complaints about telling their workplace bullying stories.
- Wrote letters to non-leadership legislators and sent emails to all State House staff about workplace bullying stories in the State House.
- Pitched to reporters how workplace bullying fits in with #MeToo.
Our plans for next session
There are two major challenges with this bill:
- Educating others on what workplace bullying is since it’s not yet a household term.
- Creating urgency behind the bill in the State House since it competes with other pressing matters.
Getting media support. Since legislators tend to pay attention to what’s in the news, we hope to get the word out through news articles, which often generate more news:
- A Boston Globe Spotlight reporter may write a story about a bullied Cape Cod nurse who took his life after workplace bullying.
- We’re obtaining data on roughly how much workplace bullying has cost Massachusetts taxpayers.
- We’ll continue to pitch reporters about tying workplace bullying to the #MeToo movement since sexual harassment is a form of workplace bullying.
- We can help get your story out, even anonymously.
Associations for government employees, lawyers, mental health professionals, non-profits, and teachers
Democratic Town Committees and progressive groups
Republican Town Committees
Social justice groups
In the next couple weeks, we’ll announce meetings all over the state to plan next steps for pushing the bill. In the meantime, send us your stories so we can continue to reach out to reporters about what we’re doing and why it matters.
The anti-workplace bullying movement is about ordinary people who deal with extraordinary abuse. Our stories are what bring about change. So we’re looking to team up with Project Millie, a Canadian organization “comprised of individuals who believe that bullies and boys clubs do not belong in the workplace. As a starting point, we are dedicated to bringing visibility to workplace bullying. Through the sharing of personal stories, we are engaging people in a national conversation about the prevalence and tolerance of workplace bullying.”
A colleague, a parent, a friend. A stranger, a neighbour, a partner. Project Millie brings visibility to the lived experiences of these individuals. While elements of their stories may sound familiar, in the places where these stories unfold, speaking up is discouraged by poor process or by an underlying culture of tolerance. Project Millie unites voices and speaks aloud on behalf of the many who believe they do not have that choice. It started with one woman—Millie. Since she told her story in 2013 we’ve solicited and collected the personal experiences of individuals affected by workplace bullying. These stories are often difficult to hear and some have devastating consequences on the person’s well being. Almost exclusively, people share their experiences on the promise of anonymity as concerns for retribution and job loss are at the forefront—whether these concerns are real or perceived, they influence behaviour and affect the lives of so many people around us.