Bullying workshop Oct. 9 in Sioux City
Western Iowa Tech Community College is hosting Workplace Bullying: An Introductory Workshop Oct. 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The presenters are two of the leading U.S. advocates seeking to eradicate workplace aggression.
This is big time, the real deal, here in Iowa.
Gary and Ruth Namie wrote ‘The Bully at Work: What You Can Do to Stop the Hurt and Reclaim Your Dignity On the Job’ and founded the Workplace Bullying Institute. The institute mission is to raise awareness, lead public dialogue about health-endangering Workplace Bullying, and to create and communicate research-based solutions for individuals, employers and public policy makers. It is a nonprofit organization based in Bellingham, Washington.
Abbreviated course description
Workplace bullying is an insidious aspect of most contemporary work. For 20 years Europeans have researched it and passed laws to address it. It is an emergent American issue, attracting popular media and business press attention. Victims suffer. Employers suffer. Bullies inhibit productivity.
The fee is $10 for social work or human resources educational credit. There is no charge for general attendance but you must preregister. The morning program covers defining workplace bullying, why the silence, perpetrator tactics, profile of targets, impact on victims, costs to organizations and solutions. The afternoon session is clinical including predictable misdiagnoses and effective treatment strategies. Call (712) 274-6404 to register.
I talked to the workshop coordinator Monday. She has done little promotion; 90 people are registered. The limit is 225. That tells you how critical this issue and that Midwesterners want to know more.
A Sept. 2007 Workplace Bulling Institute survey
of more than 7,700 adults in the United States shows
• 37% of American workers have been bullied
• Bullying is 4 times more prevalent than illegal forms of harassment
• Employers worsen or ignore the problem
• 40% of the bullied targets quit their jobs
The Siouxland workshop is underwritten by grants from The Kind World Foundation of the Siouxland Community Foundation, The Waitt Family Foundation and The Waitt Institute for Violence Prevention.
Born in Sioux City and the son of a fourth-generation Iowa cattleman, Ted Waitt co-founded Gateway on his family's farm in 1985. He founded The Waitt Family Foundation in 1993 and the affiliate organization, The Waitt Institute for Violence Prevention, in 2005.
WIT and Sioux City---kudos.
Pdf of the WIT brochure on Workplace Bullying: An Introductory Workshop, Download file
U.S. Workplace Bullying Survey, Labor Day 2007, http://bullyinginstitute.org/wbi-zogby2007.html