Workplace bullying: The importance of periodic survey data

The Workplace Bullying Institute’s scientific public surveys about the prevalence and nature of workplace bullying in America have been one of the most useful sets of statistical data about this form of mistreatment. Done in partnership with major international polling firm, WBI’s 2014, 2010, and 2007 surveys have been widely cited by the media and by researchers. Advocates for the anti-bullying Healthy Workplace Bill also cite survey results to lawmakers.

WBI is planning a national survey for 2017 and is conducting a crowdfunding campaign to raise monies to cover some of the costs. National public opinion surveys are expensive. WBI is a shoestring, grassroots operation that manages to do a lot with modest financing, but doing a survey of this magnitude requires extra funding. Fortunately, the Zogby polling firm is once again offering its services for a fraction of its standard fee, and this year the Minnesota Association of Professional Employees is helping to underwrite costs. Still, there’s a shortfall, and hence this modest GoFundMe fundraiser announced by WBI’s Gary & Ruth Namie earlier this week.

As someone who has benefited from open access to this survey data time and again, I’m happy to contribute. I hope that others who understand the importance of these surveys and who are in a financial position to help out will consider a contribution as well. Here in the U.S., we are gradually putting together a body of research on workplace bullying, mobbing, and abuse within the fifty states. WBI’s national surveys have become an important part of that collection of data.

 

2 responses

  1. What good is the research if we do not do something about the workplace bullying and try to put a stop to it.
    Yes, there are workplace bullying policies in place but only to be violated by the employer over and over again and allowed to do so.
    There is no such thing as policy police to enforce it.
    Workplace bullying is legal unless you are in a protective status such as mental, physical, race, religion, age etc. which is very difficult to prove.
    Other than that your life can be literally turned upside down with no legal recourse.
    Basically you have no rights as an employee in every aspect.

    • Actually, one of the best ways to ensure that workplace bullying will be taken seriously is to have sound, scientific research documenting its frequency and the savage harm it inflicts. The WBI surveys are used by advocates for change across the country. Those who are supporting passage of the Healthy Workplace Bill and similar measures cite this research to help educate public officials. Without this research, those who claim that workplace bullying isn’t a big problem in our society have nothing to stand in the way of their claims.

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