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Campaign targets workplace bullying

Campaign targets workplace bullying

By Marc Giauque | Posted - Dec. 29, 2010 at 6:46 a.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY -- As the economy struggles to recover, some say it's creating fertile ground for workplace bullies.

Some liken it to domestic violence but in the workplace -- employees who are singled out, picked on, demeaned by a bad supervisor or boss. It can show itself in subtle, not necessarily overt ways.

A recent Zogby poll says one in three Americans has experienced some kind of workplace bullying.

Dr. Gary Namie of the Workplace Bullying Institute feels so strongly about it, he's launched a healthy workplace campaign. He says the economy isn't helping.

"There are fewer alternatives. People are up against the wall. Where are they going to go to sit down, hold on for the ride," he said.

Namie has worked to have an anti-workplace bullying bill introduced in 18 states, including Utah. The bill as it was written in the 2009 session failed.

E-mail: mgiauque@ksl.com

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