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The Bully-Free Workplace: Stop Jerks, Weasels, and Snakes From Killing Your Organization Hardcover – May 24, 2011
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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
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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.
In typical fashion any investigation involving management is unfair, inadequate, and there is never a follow-up.
"Bullying makes the workplace an irrational and scary place to spend your working hours."
PhD's Gary and Ruth Namie are the solutions and they are loaded with ideas for all of us, especially the politicians who need to adapt legislation. This book is very informative and an easy 5 star read.
Thank you Ruth & Gary.