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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks; 2 edition (June 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402224265
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402224263
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Gary Namie, PhD, (Bellingham, WA) is a social organizational psychologist. He is the president of the Campaign Against Workplace Bullying.

Ruth Namie, PhD, is the CEO of the Campaign Against Workplace Bullying. Dr. Namie has been a psychotherapist since 1986 and holds a doctorate in clinical psychology. They live in Bellingham, Washington.

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This book is very helpful.
Stephanie Files
I really am grateful to Gary Namie and Ruth Namie for witting such a masterpiece on the topic of workplace bullying.
Delar Kour Singh
I highly recommend it to anyone in a similar situation.
Patricia Bansen

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102 of 106 people found the following review helpful By Delar Kour Singh on March 23, 2010
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The Bully at Work: What You Can Do To Stop the Hurt and Reclaim Your Dignity On the job

If you want to learn about the phenomenon of workplace bullying which has become an epidemic in recent years, get this book right now. Bullying at work involves pre-mediated, repeated, malicious mistreatment of one employee by one or more employees. This mistreatment is a sort of psychological violence. Its purpose is to steal all that the target has and the bully envies. It prevents the target from getting his/her work done. The workplace bully abuses power, causes misery to his/her target and endeavors hard to steal the target's self-confidence, perceptions of self- competence and goodness. Gradually, bully involves others in this hateful campaign against the target. Bullies use many tactics such as blaming for errors, unreasonable work demands, insults and putdowns, exclusion, stealing credit, threatening job loss, criticism of ability, and discounting of accomplishments. The book discusses types of bullies. It also includes discussion on who bullies choose for targets. Targets are genuinely bright, creative, dedicated, and self-assured individuals. Since they pose a threat to the bully, the bully works hard to undermine them. As a result of bullying, the targets might experience fear, shame, humiliation, and loss of dignity and it can impact their physical health, mental health and productivity at work.
I recommend this book to every individual in American workforce. It is an eye opener. I also recommend that you visit Namie website, Workplace Bullying and Trauma Institute [bullyinginstitute. Org]. I really am grateful to Gary Namie and Ruth Namie for witting such a masterpiece on the topic of workplace bullying. It can save lives and careers.
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112 of 119 people found the following review helpful By Imperial Topaz on June 21, 2003
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I suffered an incident of bullying at work for the past two years. In my case, I got things successfully resolved when one bully left of his own accord, and the other bully was stopped by senior management (I was fired, and senior management rehired me when I went over the bully's head). According to this book, this happens in only seven percent of cases. I feel very lucky. In my case, the only piece of the puzzle that was missing was WHY this happened to me, and this book really helped clarify that for me and bring the whole incident to closure.
I just found this book and read it, and if I had had it during the time all of this was going on, it would have helped me immensely. I experienced all of the behaviors described in this book, and I think the reasons given for the behavior are right on the mark. When my e-mail friends suggested the same reasons (before I read this book), I found them so far-fetched (such as perhaps I was making the bullies look bad through my competence-I said to myself, "They are professional people; surely they are self-confident about their own work.")
This book looks at reasons for bullying, and who become targets for bullying behavior (how and why those targets are chosen). It discusses bullying in other European countries, as well as South Africa, and what progress legally has been made against passing laws against bullying in the workplace. These laws are compared with the legal progress/standing of the target in the United States. The book discusses health ramifications on the target, and all possible actions that can and should or should not be taken personally, and in the workplace.
If I had read this book MUCH sooner (such as when the bullying FIRST started), it would have helped me emotionally.
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76 of 80 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 17, 2001
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This book has comforted me more than I can say, and I just wish I'd had it available in the early 90s when I was going through three years of relentless workplace bullying. Even the severe illness and death of one of my close family members did not deter the manager and co-workers who harassed, ridiculed, and humiliated me; they were completely heartless. Because their torment was neither sexual, ethnic, nor religious in nature, I felt I had no recourse but to resign.

At the time of my resignation, I was taking sleeping medication and antidepressants, and being treated for chronic stomach problems. Within a month of leaving, I was off all prescription drugs. Although I had nightmares four or five nights a week for more than a year, and was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress syndrome, at least I was finally free from the daily abuse. I thank God that I got out before I suffered irreparable harm; my research tells me that some people are no longer able to work after this kind of experience.

My former manager is still at the company, doubtless causing untold grief for another stressed-out employee who is struggling desperately to please her. Tyrants like her must always have a scapegoat; trampling upon other people is what makes them feel superior.

This book reassured me that I am not alone, and that the abuse wasn't my fault. Thank God for the Namies. They have performed an invaluable public service by writing "The Bully at Work." Kudos to them!

I also highly recommend a related book, "Mobbing: Emotional Abuse in the American Workplace" by Noa Davenport, which is available here on Amazon. If you've read this far, you are probably seeking help. Good luck to you, my friend.
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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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