The Toxic Boss and Bullying in the Workplace
Building a Better Workplace
The Women’s Business Initiative International (WBII) is pleased to announce the first in a series of corporate seminars, entitled ‘The Toxic Boss and Bullying in the Workplace’ to take place on Tuesday February 1st 2011. This first seminar will focus on bullying as a cause of stress at work in the Netherlands. Hosted by ABN AMRO Kneuterdijk in The Hague.
The seminar speakers include; Paul Engelsman, Managing Director of People Art; Godelijn Boonman, Dutch Labor Law Specialist and Partner at GMW Advocaten; Dr. Marie Thompson, Head of Department of Behavioural and Social Sciences at Webster University. These speakers have been selected to explore the issues from a variety of perspectives. The aim of the event is to create awareness of the issues, provide insight on how to best handle these situations and ultimately ceate a better work environment.
A national UK trade union survey, conducted in 2009, showed that an estimated 18 million working days are lost every year because of bullying in the workplace. Victims of workplace bullying take an average of seven extra days off each year compared to those who are not bullied. Almost half (47%) of the survey respondents reported witnessing bullying in their workplace in the last five years. One in ten (10.5%) said they had been bullied in the last six months and one in four (24.4%) said they had been bullied within the last five years.
A survey carried out on behalf of the Workplace Bullying Institute in Bellingham, Washington, USA showed that about 45% of individuals targeted by bullies at work suffer stress-related health problems. “That could include cardiovascular problems, an impaired immune system, debilitating anxiety and even post-traumatic stress disorder.” says Dr. Namie, Dr. Gary Namie of the Workplace Bullying and Trauma Institute. of Work Doctor, a consulting firm that specialises in correcting and preventing workplace bullying. “It’s a talent flight. The best and brightest are driven out. The slugs, the slow-minded, dim-witted sycophants are the bully’s allies.”
Register online for the TBB Seminar. To complete your registration for the seminar, transfer a payment of €30 per person to the following account: Women’s Business Initiative, Rabobank include TBB and the name(s) of attendees. Participation will be confirmed once payment is received. Space is limited so register early to avoid disappointment.
Special thanks to sponsors ABN AMRO, Delta Loyd, GMW Advocaten, People Art, Webster University, and Vivamus.
Seminar details: Tuesday, February 1st 2011
Registration: 18:30; Seminar from 19:00  – 21:30 at ABN AMRO Kneuterdijk, The Hague
Seminar contact: Charlene Lambert, tel 06 2184 7256, e-mail
WBII contact: tel 070 3588557, e-mail,
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