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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (May 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470942207
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470942208
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #268,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bullies don't have to throw a single punch to do lasting damage to another person's health—or your business's fiscal health. Nearly 14 million adults in America are currently being bullied, and millions more are experiencing the degrading effects of witnessing that treatment. Bullying prevents work from getting done and undermines your mission. It only satisfies the perpetrator's personal agenda at the expense of people, productivity, and passion. The simple truth is that businesses need to address bullying to protect the bottom line.

The Bully-Free Workplace delivers a thoughtful and detailed plan to stop weasels, jerks, and snakes from killing your organization. Written by pioneers of workplace bullying research, this book tells you why and how to create an explicit policy against bullying. It appeals to those managers who value people and who are willing to challenge employers to adopt that value. The Bully-Free Workplace outlines a step-by-step program to correct and prevent workplace bullying. You'll get in-depth advice along with information to support your efforts, including:

  • Why the personality of the bully pales in comparison to organizational factors that encourage and sustain bullying

  • How to justify taking action against bullying for bottom-line fiscal rewards, productivity, employee health, talent retention, and positioning as an employer of choice

  • Why you shouldn't leave a bullying issue to HR departments, and why the issue should be handled by an organization's CEO

  • Why you should trust the reports from the trenches, and how to cope when a trusted colleague is the culprit

  • How managerial and supervisory expectations without the benefit of specific training can lead to disastrous results

The stakes couldn't be higher: bullying can lead to disastrous (even fatal) health effects for individuals and plunging profits for businesses. As the philosopher Edmund Burke once said, "All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing." The time has come for you to do something, and this book shows you how.

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Praise for The Bully Free Workplace

"For anti-bullying to work, it is essential that support start at the top. I was personally involved in drafting our policy with the Namies and ensuring its implementation. It has made a palpable and positive difference to our workplace culture."
DOUGLAS H. BARR, MSW, President and CEO, Goodwill Southern California

"This book is for CEOs and their leadership teams who are serious about building a great workplace that inspires higher productivity and profits, along with the bully-free brand. The Namies also outline an innovative contributory role for HR professionals in creating and sustaining a bully-free workplace."
KEVIN KENNEMER, founder and Senior Partner, The People Group

"Gary and Ruth Namie apply their expert insight to help organizations prevent and respond to bullying at work. This book opens a window onto best practices for employers who understand how workplace bullying destroys employee morale and productivity and want to stop it."
DAVID C. YAMADA, JD, Professor of Law, Suffolk University Law School, Boston, author of the anti-bullying Healthy Workplace Bill

"The Namies enable us to start changing our perception of what bullying really is all about: brutal, systematic psychological torture. As a union activist, I have been dealing with bullying in the workplace for years. With these tools, we can start changing the tide; we can better protect our coworkers and stand up for our collective right to a safe, healthy, and violence-free workplace."
DENIS ST-JEAN, National Health and Safety Officer, Public Service Alliance of Canada


More About the Author

Dr. Gary Namie, social psychologist, is widely regarded as North America's foremost authority on Workplace Bullying. He directs the Workplace Bullying Institute that produced the most-cited scientific survey; co-authored 3 books with Dr. Ruth Namie -- The Bully-Free Workplace: Stop Jerks, Weasels & Snakes from Killing Your Organization (Wiley, 2011); The Bully At Work: What You Can Do to Stop the Hurt and Reclaim Your Dignity on the Job (Sourcebooks, 2009, 2nd ed.);and BullyProof Yourself At Work (DoubleDoc, 1999); he directs the national Healthy Workplace Bill legislative campaign; is member of the Board, International Association on Workplace Bullying and Harassment; and has appeared in over 950 media interviews as evangelist for the U.S. movement.

He's a "Recovering Academic," having taught at several universities and colleges in psychology and management. He grows more practical one day at a time. He's a "Reformed Management Consulting." After both inhouse and outhouse consultant work pushing management's agenda, he developed a distaste for unethically shoving unnecessary training and useless information down the gullets of non-supervisory staff.

Now the only consulting he does is as President of Work Doctor specializing in the prevention and correction of workplace bullying, aka, abusive work environments created by on-site abusers.

His speeches have been deemed "electric" by conference and event hosts. He challenges audiences to grow intolerant of bullying as a routine way of doing business. This threatens bullies, who in turn, like to call Dr. Namie a bully.

However, since launching the anti-bullying movement for the U.S. workplace in mid-1997, his perspective and knowledge are unrivaled.

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This book is very informative and an easy 5 star read.
LiteBlue Gator
Finally, if and when bullying occurs, I am convinced that it must be addressed immediately and resolved in a timely manner.
Robert Morris
I gave this book to Management at my work to help them understand ways to improve the situation in the office.
Melinda Denny

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Robert Morris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Over more years than I wish to specify, I have been centrally involved in dozens of different work environments and on only two occasions was I the "target" of bullying. (Ruth and Gary Namie prefer "target" to "victim" and I agree with them.) In both situations, I refused to be intimidated because I had learned, years before on an elementary school playground, that bullies are essentially cowards. However, as the Namies so thoroughly explain, bullying in the workplace is a very serious (albeit underestimated) problem. It is also a complicated, generally misunderstood problem. They have devoted their professional careers to doing all they can to help alleviate (if not eliminate) the problem. They and their associates in The Workplace Bullying Institute are pioneers as they sustain their commitment to eliminating the need for the information, insights, and counsel that are provided in this book.

The Namies respond to questions such as these:

o What is (and isn't) workplace bullying?
o Based on what is now known, what are the nature and extent of this process?
o What is the range of impact on targeted employees?
o To what extent can targets be legally protected from bullies?
o How can bullying weaken (if not destroy) an organization?
o What are the preventable causes of bullying?
o What are the essential components of a program to eliminate bullying?
o In that program, what should be HR's new role?
o Which preliminary steps should be taken to prevent and correct workplace bullying?
o To what extent can bullies be identified during the interview process?
o What is necessary to sustain a bully-free culture?
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By LiteBlue Gator on August 21, 2011
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The Namie's book is a must read for all workplace leaders. They have done extensive work and research to enlighten the public about this very psychologically traumatic issue.

It is truly amazing that an individual can serve this country as a military veteran and come home to so much lack of dignity and respect issues from a workplace bully. Employees are spoken to like prisoners-of-war by arrogant leaders who know nothing about operational details and only have strategic plans that never gets off the ground.

If you passed a bully the trash it would be more than they deserve!

I agree with the Namie's:

"Workplace bullying must be addressed by the organizations leader. It should not be delegated to the Human Resource (HR) department to solve. Many HR departments see their primary function as management support."

I reported a workplace bully to his boss and the next thing you know I was sitting in a room with two Labor Relations specialists from HR, a woman, and a really huge guy who reminded me of Xerxes from the movie "300." They told me to have a seat in the office with two doors and they both came through a seperate door at the same time and sat in front of me on the other side of the table like we were in a police interrogation. I explained my statement to them over and over again while "Xerxes" was talking in a deep voice saying words like "listen, I like you..." But they seemed more concerned that I had bothered a bigger boss. I emailed my complaint to the boss, and the HR people said to me with a grin chuckle "I would think twice before hitting that send key on your computer." I kindly replied, "I did, and that's why I sent it." Xerxes lost his smile.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Diane J Zeller on October 27, 2013
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Very informative!
Only wish more employers would take heed and do something about the Bullies that work for them............and destroy them!!!!
Too many HR Depts ignore these employees!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Scott Campbell on August 29, 2013
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These people are the pioneers of what needs to be recognized in the United States as monumentally important in today's workplace.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Markee on June 12, 2013
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This book contained information that was helpful in identifying a bully, it gave an excellent example of a real life situation. It showed how other countries deal with this issue. Then it gave solutions to dealing with these situations. I generally take a bit of time to read through books with this topic...I had a hard time putting this book down. I actually purchased this book to assist another person and I could see what was happening page by page. It shed some light on issues I hadn't thought about. Excellent read and resource.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By nancy on October 10, 2012
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Being a target of workplace bullying, I found this book very factual. Unfortunately, workplace bullying is legal until the Healthy Workplace Bill gets into legislation. I am sure companies do NOT want to deal with this issue!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Victim no more on October 4, 2012
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This book was very helpful in validating my feelings about bullying in the workplace. A big part part of finding the solution is understanding the problem. This book helps!
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