The Workplace Bullying Institute recently sent out a reminder that October 18-24, 2015, will be the annual Freedom From Workplace Bullies Week. I thought that this would be good opportunity for all of us to start thinking about how we might use that time to engage in public education about workplace bullying.
Here in Boston, I’m sure we’ll do something to mark the occasion. In 2012, we had a great program featuring Dr. Ronald Schouten, author of Almost a Psychopath and director of the Law and Psychiatry Service at Massachusetts General Hospital, followed by a distinguished panel including mediator Ericka Gray, organizational consultant Paula Parnagian, union president Greg Sorozan, and employment attorney David Wilson.
I’m not sure what we’ll do this year, but I’d definitely like to foster a good conversation among people who are working to address workplace bullying in their corner of the world.
And, dear readers, Freedom Week also should serve as your invitation to organize and host some type of event. It doesn’t have to be a major conference or program; it can be a gathering of a handful of people who care about this topic and want to do something about it.