October 30, 2012

October is National Bullying Prevention Month.  The Workplace Bullying Institute estimates that 35% of the U.S. workforce (an est. 53.5 million Americans) report being bullied at work; an additional 15% witness it.  Half of all Americans have directly experienced it.  Simultaneously, 50% report neither experiencing nor witnessing bullying. Hence, a "silent epidemic."   To learn more about this important issue and how to respond to it, go to http://www.workplacebullying.org

To support targets of workplace bullying, the Staff Ombuds Office is offering a workshop "Bullies and How to Deal with Them" on January 23, 2013 from 9-12:30 pm in 24 University Hall. 

Here are some additional resources for preventing or responding to workplace bullying:

In this webinar http://www.ucop.edu/ethics-compliance-audit-services/compliance/webinars/workplace-bullying/lib/playback.html hosted by the UC Office of Ethics, Compliance and Audit Services,  Sara Thacker, Director and Ombudsperson gives an overview of the dynamics of workplace bullying and what to do about it.

Here are some useful tips you can use if you are a target of bullying: What Can I Do About Bullying [PDF].

How to Bust the Office Bully [PDF] describes how to effectively tell your story if you are a target of workplace bullying.