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For 26 years the Workplace Bullying Institute has focused on the prevention and correction of abusive conduct at work through education of targets & the public, training of professionals, creation of evidence-based solutions for organizations and unions, research by WBI and others, and advocacy for a new law.

2023 Freedom from Workplace Bullies Week

What is workplace bullying?

WBI definition: workplace bullying is repeated, health-harming mistreatment by one or more employees of an employee: abusive conduct that takes the form of verbal abuse; or behaviors perceived as threatening, intimidating, or humiliating; work sabotage; or in some combination of the above.

Abuse at work is the only form of abuse in America that is not yet taboo. All other forms have been condemned – abuse of children, spouses, partners – while bullying at work is still considered a normal, inevitable or even a necessary business practice.

How normalized has workplace bullying become?

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Since 1997, the Workplace Bullying Institute has led the charge with comprehensive, evidence-based, practical solutions for individuals, unions, employers, & lawmakers. Learn more about the extent of workplace bullying and practical solutions for prevention and awareness from the co-founder and Director of WBI, Dr. Gary Namie.

WBI 25th Anniversary of Service

Unrivaled U.S. experience and expertise.
A quarter century of wisdom harnessed to help.

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker

2023 Northwestern University commencement. Idiots are the cruelest among us. Evolved people are empathic and kind. Kind people are the smartest. Wow. He seems to understand the interpersonal dynamics of workplace bullying!

Our Comprehensive Menu of Research-Driven Resources and Services

Resources for Targets of Bullying: You’re Not Alone

Target Tutorials

Start here. Take the mystery out of the phenomenon of workplace bullying — what is and what will happen to you — by reading the free WBI Tutorials.

Developed for Targets, Survivors, Thrivers, & Family. A quarter century of wisdom harnessed to help.

YouTube WBI Channel

Learn more at our free WBI YouTube Channel with over 240 videos.

To keep from making a bad situation worse, we’ve developed this packet of expert advice.

The WBI Targets’ Action Plan is for individuals experiencing workplace bullying in real-time. There are options.

Because so many feel alienated and are in need of emotional support, we’ve developed this free online community: WBI SafeHarbor.

Developed for Targets, Survivors, and Thrivers. THE alternative to toxic social media.


Not every mental health professional understands how workplace bullying can impact a person. Here are WBI approved trauma-informed counselors.

Recommended for anyone seeking personal recovery after emotional abuse.

Targets As Teachers

Targets tend to believe that workplace bullying is unique to them, so we asked some survivors to share their stories.

Developed for everyone.

Workplace Bullying University Training for Professionals

An evidence-driven curriculum. Taught by the national expert. The only kind of program of its kind in the world covering all aspects of the Workplace Bullying phenomenon.  The full program (17 hours of narrated content) includes a voluminous collection of ancillary materials and the 900+ article Research Library. Digital content available for purchase by (1) professional individuals (including former targets) supplementing (or starting) their practices, or (2) organizations and unions  wanting to train an internal team to launch and sustain a Healthy & Safe Workplace initiative to prevent/correct Toxic Workplaces.    See details.

Discounted tuition for Workplace Bullying University
Diverse group of workers receiving Team Training

For Organizations

Address bullying to Prevent a Toxic Workplace. WBI Services feature (1) Policy Writing, (2) Intervention for Offfenders, (3) Workplace Bullying Education Program, and (4) Training for a Team of Experts. Read details about the integrated set of services we provide to organizations brave enough to establish a Healthy & Safe Workplace.

Union Yes

Turn your Union into an Anti-Bullying Machine! Educate & Support Your Members with the unique services only WBI can provide. Awareness Training for all members and creation of a team to provide Crisis Response (Mental Health First Aid) and ongoing support to members. If Unions don’t work to end bullying, who will? Lessons gleaned from two decades of partnerships with Unions.

Gary Namie, PhD, has the distinction of having testified as an expert witness in the first U.S. state trial case. He serves as expert for both plaintiffs’ and defense counsel in bullying-related lawsuits and arbitrations.

Opinions and reports are based, in large part, on empirical peer-reviewed scientific research. Learn more about his Expert Witness services here.

WBI Research

The new, 2021 U.S. WBI Workplace Bullying Survey is now available for download and study. This national scientific survey was funded by gracious GoFundMe contributors, and is our fifth nationwide study.


Our prior national, scientific WBI U.S. Workplace Bullying surveys from 2007-2017, along with the entire collection of WBI online studies, self-selected samples of bullied respondents describing the world of bullied targets from their perspective.

And WBI Does More …

California Capitol

Everyone agrees: there ought to be a law. The WBI Healthy Workplace Bill is the boldest proposed change to U.S. employment law in 50 years. Introduced in 31 states. The original anti-bullying bill written by the employment law professor recognized as America’s legal expert on the topic.

Workplace Bullying Podcast, Dr. Gary Namie, Host

Now in its second year, the Workplace Bullying Podcast™, showcases the reality of workplace bullying and abusive conduct and related phenomena from the dark side of the world of work and society. Conversations with Dr. Gary Namie and invited experts.

Our books have helped countless thousands over the years.

The Bully at Work: What You Can Do to Stop the Hurt and Reclaim Your Dignity on the Job
For Bullied Targets/Individuals & Their Families

The Bully-Free Workplace: Stop Jerks, Weasels, and Snakes from Killing Your Organization
For Anti-Bullying Champions in Organizations