This year, I’ve been writing about my visits to SafeHarbor (link here), the online site created by Dr. Gary Namie, co-founder of the Workplace Bullying Institute, to serve as “a community dedicated to the people affected by workplace bullying and those devoted to helping them.” I’ve also shared some past blog articles that I’ve posted for SafeHarbor members.
During my visit to SafeHarbor this evening, it struck me how a combination of knowledge, understanding, and — yes — technology has brought us to where a site like this can exist and sustain. Members can start discussions, comment on existing threads, and link articles, thereby contributing to an educative and supportive dynamic that can overcome distance and physical separation.
When I joined forces with Gary and Ruth Namie in the late 1990s, the internet was still in its infancy, with the first generation of online discussion boards offering a glimpse of what might come. While I have very mixed feelings about the omnipresence of digital technology in our lives, I am glad that we can harness it for good purposes such as this one.
Once again, here are more past blog articles that I’ve posted to SafeHarbor:
- Not “Set for Life”: Boomers facing layoffs, discrimination, and bullying at work (2012) (link here)
- Are calls for resilience and “grit” an indirect form of victim shaming & blaming? (2016, rev. 2019 & 2022) (link here)
- Typing your workplace culture (2009; rev. 2022) (link here)
- Music as therapy (2021) (link here)
- On the social responsibilities of writers (2019) (link here)
- Myths and realities about working in the non-profit sector (2014) (link here)
- Let’s follow an Eightfold Path to psychologically healthy workplaces (2019) (link here)
- Dealing with “gatekeepers” at work: Beware of Dr. No (2011; rev. 2020) (link here)
- “How can I make a living doing workplace anti-bullying work?” (2019) (link here)
- Five signs of the eliminationist instinct in today’s workplaces (2015) (link here)