The Workplace Bullying Institute just released key findings of its 2017 U.S. Workplace Bullying Survey:
• 19% of Americans are bullied, another 19% witness it
• 61% of Americans are aware of abusive conduct in the workplace
• 60 million Americans are affected by it (roughly equal to the number of people who live in California and New York combined)
• 70% of perpetrators are men; 60% of targets are women
• Hispanics are the most frequently bullied race
• 61% of bullies are bosses, the majority (63%) operate alone
• 40% of bullied targets are believed to suffer adverse health effects
• 29% of targets remain silent about their experiences
• 71% of employer reactions are harmful to targets
• 60% of coworker reactions are harmful to targets
• To stop it, 65% of targets lose their original jobs
• 77% of Americans support enacting a new law
• 45% report worsening of work relationships, post-Trump election
What’s striking is that nearly half of respondents observe their work cultures worsening since the election. (Read what one organization is doing about it.) So workplace bullying is on employees’ radar now more than ever.
If you haven’t already done so, we need you to contact your State Rep only (not Senator) and ask him or her to speak with Rep. Thomas Conroy about favorably reading HB 1766, the Healthy Workplace Bill, out of the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development. We’re still being held up by this committee, so we need pressure to come from his constituents (not from people outside of his district) or other reps.
Find your rep and call or e-mail today and share with others:
HELP FUND NATIONAL SURVEY
The most cited statistics worldwide about adult bullying in the workplace come from the Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI) national surveys. The media rely on WBI statistics, and the story of workplace bullying is kept alive by the media. We haven’t run a national scientific survey since 2010.
Help fund a new national survey to keep workplace abuse active in the media:
Join us in writing to your own mayors or town managers in Massachusetts by Friday, September 13 to ask them to declare October 21-26, 2013 “Freedom from Bullies Week” in your city or town. Modify and send the sample letter below along with the sample proclamation and a link or print out of information on workplace bullying via e-mail or snail mail.
Sample Letter and Proclamation: (This e-mail can be sent to any City Clerk or City Manager in the State as a request for placement on an upcoming Council agenda.)
We are all increasingly aware of the widespread problem of bullying in our schools. While this epidemic is deserving of the nation’s immediate attention, another phenomenon is sweeping this nation with severe social and economic consequences: Bullying in the Workplace.
The Massachusetts Healthy Workplace Advocates, a coalition of citizens dedicated to ensuring civility and professionalism within the workplace, is working to increase awareness of this growing problem that affects both the public and private sectors.
We request that the attached proclamation declaring October 20-26, 2013 “Freedom from Workplace Bullies Week” be placed on your upcoming City Council agenda for adoption by the City Council. Following adoption, we would appreciate receipt of a signed copy.
To see the events we’ve planned across the U.S., be sure visit the Freedom from Bullies Week website: http://www.workplacebullying.org/freedom-week/
Please mail your proclamation to Debra Falzoi, 18 Middle Street, Plymouth, MA 02360 or e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I hope we can count on you and your city in our efforts to raise awareness about workplace bullying.
WHEREAS, the City (County) of ****** has an interest in promoting the social and economic well-being of its citizens, employees and employers; and
WHEREAS, that well-being depends upon the existence of healthy and productive employees working in safe and abuse-free work environments; and
WHEREAS, research has documented the stress-related health consequences for individuals caused by exposure to abusive work environments; and
WHEREAS, abusive work environments are costly for employers, with consequences including reduced productivity, absenteeism, turnover, absenteeism and injuries; and
WHEREAS, protection from abusive work environments should apply to every worker, and not be limited to legally protected class status based only on race, color, gender, national origin, age, or disability;
NOW, THEREFORE, I/WE, (Mayor’s name or City Council), Mayor of the City of ******, do hereby proclaim October 20-26, 2013 as
FREEDOM FROM WORKPLACE BULLIES WEEK
and commend the Workplace Bullying Institute which raises awareness of the impacts of, and solutions for, workplace bullying in the U.S.; and
encourage all citizens to recognize this special observance. [or encourage citizens to mark this week with special activities and programs to break through the shame and silence enshrouding adult bullying at work.]
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