Gary Namie, PhD

Gary Namie, PhD


The Work Doctor

Listed in 2015 as one of the “Most Influential
Organizational Psychologists” alive today

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Workplace Bullying is repeated, health-harming mistreatment of one or more persons (the targets) by one or more perpetrators.

It is Abusive Conduct that is: threatening, humiliating, or intimidating, or work interference — sabotage — which prevents work from getting done, or verbal abuse.

Reversable risks for employers: Disengaged workers, Undesirable Turnover, Absenteeism, Litigation

Workplace Bullying Services by WBI offer a one-stop shop for the eradication of abusive conduct. The approach chosen depends on both the size of your organization and its commitment to eradicating costly, but preventable, abusive conduct.

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Workplace Bullying University Training for Professionals
Workplace Bullying University®
Training for Professionals

Intensive 3-day Comprehensive
One-of-a-Kind in the World Program
Designed & taught by the Drs. Namie
Offered quarterly since 2008
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Awareness Raising
and Training

Engagement Level 1

Online Training Courses

Online Training Courses

Two versions — 25 min. or 45 min.

Topics include:

  • • Distinguishing abusive conduct from illegal harrassment
  • • Explaining abusive conduct: Personalities & Work Culture
  • • Health effects of abusive conduct
  • • Leveraging coworker power to stop bullying in the trenches
  • • What supervisors need to do


  • • Personalized for each employer
  • • Guaranteed viewing of either 20 min. or 45 min. course
  • • Optimized for completion on mobile media
  • • Completion reports for employer

Complies with CA 12950.1 Code, the AB2053 2015 supervisory training mandate and Utah HB 216 2015 employee training mandate

Optional Live, In-Person Training

A day of presentations by Dr. Gary Namie or WBI Affiliate

  • • 90 min. to Half-Day Seminars
  • • Tailored for different audiences
  • • Leadership Team, Managers, Supervisors, Staff
  • • Up to 5 contact hours per on-site day


The Bully-Free Workplace: Stop Jerks, Weasels & Snakes from Killing Your Organization by Gary Namie and Ruth Namie. Wiley, 2011

The employer’s guide to implementing an anti-bullying initiative.

The Bully At Work: What You Can Do to Stop the Hurt and Reclaim Your Dignity on the Job by Gary Namie & Ruth Namie, Sourcebooks, 2009 (2nd ed.)

The book to give to employees who believe they are being bullied.

Writing Policy and Training

Engagement Level 2

DVD: Writing Workplace Bullying Policy & Procedures

It is imperative that there be a set of clear behavioral standards to which the bullies’ inappropriate conduct can be compared. There needs to be a “line in the sand.” A good policy accomplishes this.

The best policy and enforcement procedures result from a collaborative group writing process. Representatives from the different disciplines and rank levels within the organization should comprise the writing group.

This 2014 DVD is a unique self-guided tour led by Dr. Gary Namie with commentary by David C. Yamada, Professor of Law, Suffolk University. Namie uses a proprietary process of questioning the writing group to clarify values and commitment which are translated into policy and procedures. The group follows the questions and instructions on the DVD. Sample terminology is included to expedite the writing. The final products are thoughtful, comprehensive and compliant policy and procedures, both formal and informal.

Optional In-Person Facilitation

Dr. Gary Namie facilitates your Policy Writing Group

  • • Up to 15 designated stakeholders
  • • Using the WBI proprietary process
  • • Creates world-class Policy & Enforcement Procedures
  • • Requires time commitment of 1 to 1.5 days

Online Training Courses

Online Training Courses

Two versions — 25 min. or 45 min.

Optional Live, In-Person Training

A day or more of presentations by Dr. Gary Namie or WBI Affiliate

Prevention Program

Engagement Level 3

The WBI Blueprint is a comprehensive set of on-site services that enables each client to customize an intervention. Of course, bullying is very costly. The benefits of prevention outstrip the investment in consulting fees. Prevention turns costs into savings.

The Blueprint program approach was developed by incorporating WBI and international research. It is evidence-based. It is focused on workplace bullying and abusive conduct, not conflict resolution or solving “communication” problems.

Clients pick from the menu of program components below.

  • • Prevalence Assessment – surveys
  • • An Anti-Bullying policy written explicitly to mitigate abusive conduct
  • • Enforcement Procedures applicable to all employees at all levels
  • • Training of Internal Expert Team Training sustains the anti-bullying initiative
  • • Includes copy of the DVD Workplace Bullying & Abusive Conduct: The Other Harassment
  • • Integration with Current Metrics and Evaluation Systems

Surveys are customized and enable comparison with the national prevalence tracked by the WBI U.S. Workplace Bullying Survey. We bring the capacity to direct employees to our 3rd party online data collection site. Reports are provided that ensure anonymity of respondents while enabling the pinpointing of problem work sites.

Dr. Namie personally facilitates the assembled writing group that produces both a policy and, equally important, a set of enforcement procedures that make the policy a living document.

A signature component of the full Blueprint program is the preparation of an internal resource group that serves the organization for a long time. We call them the Expert Peer Team. By having several employees, of all ranks and all disciplines, trained in the complexities of abusive conduct, the adopting organization is able to correct problems when they first arise with effective informal techniques. Members receive copies of the books The Bully at Work and The Bully-Free Workplace by the Drs. Namie.

Team members are trained in an evidence-based program called Workplace Bullying University®. University was introduced in 2008 by Drs. Gary and Ruth Namie, founders of the Workplace Bullying Institute. University was, and remains, the only educational program in the U.S. to train professionals about every aspect of the bullying phenomenon.

Prevention hinges on reaching a critical mass of employees familiar enough with abusive conduct’s signs and effects on workers that they informally prohibit the conduct. The Team’s presence combines with repeated instruction, managerial adoption of new codes and policies, and the reversal of historical encouragement of abusive practices to effectively prevent the misconduct.

For all of these reasons, the Namies are recognized as the originators of the Workplace Bullying consulting specialization in the U.S.