Gary Namie, Ph.D.
This year, I’m adding a new feature to the blog, “3 Questions for…,” a regular series of brief interviews with notable individuals whose work and activities overlap with major themes of this blog.
For the first interview, I asked Dr. Gary Namie, co-founder with Dr. Ruth Namie of the Workplace Bullying Institute, for a quick rundown of WBI’s activities and what’s needed to enact the Healthy Workplace Bill, workplace anti-bullying legislation I drafted that WBI supports through its legislative campaign.
What were the most noteworthy developments for WBI during 2011?
• “Staff additions: Sean Lunsford, in-house consultant, and Daniel Christensen, the comforting voice callers to WBI first hear “
• “Publication by Wiley of the Namies’ third book, this one for employers — The Bully-Free Workplace: Stop Jerks, Weasels & Snakes from Killing Your Organization”
• “First Workplace Bullying University delivered solely to Union officers, co-taught by Greg Sorozan, NAGE national officer”
• “Matt Spencer, Ed.D., assisted with our Workplace Bullying in Schools client projects throughout the country”
• “Produced training DVDs for employers (1 for managers, 1 for staff)”
• “Produced a DVD for bullied individuals chock full of advice from the team of WBI experts”
• “Redesigned & modernized our family of 7 principal websites, thanks to technical prowess of staff”
What’s in the works for WBI in 2012?
• “Devise ways to get more help to bullied targets that reflect the unique WBI perspective”
• “Instructional webinars for individuals”
• “An online version of WB University training for professionals for those who cannot attend the live classes”
• “An expanded social media presence”
What are the main challenges to getting the Healthy Workplace Bill enacted into law?
• “Attacks by biz writers & lobbyists that misrepresent the content of the actual bill”
• “Convincing good employers that they have nothing to fear from the bill”
• “Identifying endorsing groups”
• “Growing the network of dedicated volunteer State Coordinators to blanket all states”
Gary supplemented the summary above with a longer version posted to the WBI website, here