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Date: August 13, 2008

Workplace Bullying Focus of Conference

Bullies aren’t confined to the schoolyard—they’re becoming increasingly prevalent in the workplace. The vicious cycle of bullies, bullied adults afraid to report the behaviour, and complacent bystanders leads to devastating consequences.

Two of the world’s foremost authorities on bullying will be in Victoria in November to speak on combating bullying and psychological harassment in the workplace. Dr. Gary Namie, co-founder and director of the Workplace Bullying Institute, and Barbara Coloroso, author of The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander, will speak as part of the Creating Respectful Workplaces Conference at the University of Victoria. Both presentations are open to the public and tickets are on sale Aug12.

Coloroso will speak at 8 p.m. on Nov. 11 in the David Lam Auditorium (MacLaurin A144). In her presentation, she’ll give employees and employers the tools to break the cycle of violence perpetuated by bullies, those who are bullied and those who observe but do not act. She’ll define bullying and how it differs from less damaging behaviour, how to watch for warning signs, how to turn bystanders into peacemakers and how to encourage respectful behaviour.

Namie, a former psychologist and management professor, will speak at 8 p.m. on Nov. 13 in the University Centre Auditorium. He will discuss successful resolution of bullying behaviour and warns that more employers will have to take bullying seriously in the wake of legislative reforms mandating action to mitigate workplace bullying. Namie is the co-author of Bully at Work and conducted the first scientific US Workplace Bullying Survey.

The lectures are sponsored by UVic’s Equity and Human Rights Office and the Canadian Union of Public Employees at UVic. More information at http://web.uvic.ca/eqhr/conference08.htm

Due to limited seating capacity, tickets for Coloroso are available only in conjunction with tickets for Namie. Individual tickets for Namie are available. All tickets are available at the UVic Box Office at 250-721-8480 or online at http://auditorium.uvic.ca.

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Media contacts:

Gary Namie at 360-656-6630 or namie@workplacebullying.org
Barbara Coloroso can be reached through Satomi Morii at 1-800-729-1588 or Satomikawi@aol.com
Amy Loggin (UVic Equity & Human Rights) at 250-721-8488 or aloggin@uvic.ca
Doug Sprenger (UVic CUPE) at 250-812-8484 or dsprenge@uvic.ca
Patty Pitts (UVic Communications) at 250-721-7656 or ppitts@uvic.ca


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