The Healthy Workplace Bill....What’s that, you ask?
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Tomorrow I finish my training with the Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI) and I have to say, it has been an amazing experience! I have built strong relationships with courageous and inspiring people who want to speak out about bullying in the workplace like me. I have learned a great deal from the very wise Drs. Gary & Ruth Namie.
In 1998, the Namies began helping others in the U.S. by starting the Campaign Against Workplace Bullying in the San Francisco Bay Area. They established the only U.S. bullying telephone crisis line helping over 5000 individuals. Media awareness began thanks to USA Today and continues with appearances in over 900 print and broadcast media.
The Namies authored their first book, “Bully Proof Yourself At Work!” in 1998 and have a new book coming out at the end of May 2011, which I will keep you all posted on.
In 2000, the Campaign Against Workplace Bullying hosted the first U.S. conference dedicated to workplace bullying. In 2002, the Campaign became the Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI) to better reflect the research contribution made to the international fight against workplace bullying. WBI remains the only North American nonprofit organization dedicated to the eradication of Workplace Bullying through education and research.
In the fall of 2007, the Workplace Bullying Institute partnered with Zogby International to conduct the first representative study of all adult Americans on the topic of workplace bullying. This study was made possible thanks to a generous grant from the Waitt Institute for Violence Prevention. The principal findings convinced doubters that bullying at work IS a substantial problem.
In 2007, the WBI-Legislative Campaign launched to enhance the focus on public policy solutions for workplace bullying. More information on the Legislative Campaign can be found at the WBI-Legislative Campaign official website.
Since 2003, 17 states have introduced the Healthy Workplace Bill thanks to the Namies! I am honored and privileged to now be affiliated with their organization and can't wait to start building awareness.
Narcissism is the “Abuse of Power” and occurs whenever someone in a position of power uses their power in a way to manipulate, intimidate and coerce another person into submission.
Just like I try to help victims of Narcissists understand that they did NOTHING wrong to cause the abuse, I want to help victims of Narcissists at Work understand they did NOTHING wrong either!
It is so important to understand that workplace bullies are insecure! They choose us for a reason.
In fact, the Namies’ groundbreaking research has found that workplace bullies choose targets who are:
~ Ethical & Honest
~ Not Political
If you are a target of Workplace Bullying, please know you are NOT alone and it is NOT your fault. You did NOTHING to ask for the abuse except do your job well and live a life of integrity. Bullies are threatened by you because they are jealous of you. You make them look bad and they can’t handle it.
More information, resources and coping tools on how to manage and respond to Workplace Bullying can be found on my website here in the near future. I also encourage you to visit the WBI University website for further information and support: