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.