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According to a new Zogby International survey, workplace bullying is a big problem. 37% of workers, about 54 million Americans say they have been bullied on the job. The survey also showed that 72% of the bullies were bosses, and that 62 percent of employers ignored the problem. Most often, victims quit their jobs, leaving the workplace bully to set his or her sights on a new victim.
Weâ€™ve all probably experienced a cranky boss or disagreeable co-worker, but things like repeated criticism and blame, yelling, screaming, exclusion and social isolation, all fall in the category of bullying, and can make going to work a stressful, sometimes emotionally or physically debilitating experience for the victim. U.S. employers and researchers are starting to take notice of the workplace bully.
Joining us today in the studio is Connecticut State Senator Edith Prague. She is the Senate Chair of the Labor and Public Employees Committee and is one of the co-sponsors of a bill that recently died in committee that would have dealt with workplace bullies.
Also joining us Dr. Tara Lâ€™Heureux . She is is a professor in the University of New Havenâ€™s Masters in Industrial and Organizational Psychology program, and teaches a course titled â€œworker well beingâ€ at UNH.
And Dr. Gary Namie, he is co-founder of the Workplace Bullying institute, an organization dedicated to bringing awareness to workplace bullying, and advocating for legislation to end workplace bullying. He is also author of the book The Bully at Work: What you can do to stop the hurt and reclaim your dignity on the job.
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