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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

Comments

Lynette,

I think you should add your email blurb to this post - for the benefit of those who might come to the blog from other means. Your list of warning signs is spot-on and could be very valuable to someone who is trying to name that "what the heck is wrong?" feeling they have about their work situation.

The "take away" for me is that we all need to take a stand against this behavior - even when it is not directed at us. We've all seen it and, for the most part, we've looked the other way.

Intimidation is a political trick and, amazingly, people who use it regularly can be in complete denial that there are any politics in play in their office at all.

This is the notification copy that went to those who receive this by email:
People who study workplace bullying say one of the hardest things for a person to do is recognize he or she is being bullied.

Some warning signs---
You are continually criticized and made to feel "wrong."
You're undermined or even shouted at, particularly when others are around to witness.
When you need information, it is denied to you, although others have access to it.
The bully sets goals you can't possibly meet--or changes them, or wants the work accomplished sooner than originally communicated. All these are ways of keeping you off balance.
You don't receive credit for your work--in fact, your work may be represented as having been accomplished by someone else, most often the bully.

Seeing a workplace bully's behavior as real and destructive to you is like putting on a pair of eyeglasses to correct your vision.

(This is condensed from the September issue of Bully Free Workplace Monthly. I'll post more information later on this new resource I found this summer.)