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Safe, respectful workplace critical for productivity, success
September 23, 2013

PULLMAN, Wash. – Recent headlines tell the story. Instances of workplace violence and bullying are increasing in frequency and intensity in the corporate world, the military, schools, and yes, in universities.


I am writing today to reaffirm that any form of workplace violence or bullying runs counter to the core values of Washington State University – civility, respect, safety and security.


Read all of this Perspectives column by WSU President Elson S. Floyd at

People don’t really like unselfish colleagues
August 19, 2010

PULLMAN – You know those goody two-shoes who volunteer for every task and thanklessly take on the annoying details nobody else wants to deal with? That’s right: Other people really can’t stand them.

Four separate studies led by a WSU social psychologist have found that unselfish workers who are the first to throw their hat in the ring are also among those that coworkers most want to, in effect, vote off the island.


“It’s not hard to find examples, but we were the first to show this happens and to have explanations why,” said Craig Parks, lead … » More …

New book looks at why it happens
January 26, 2009

The recent inauguration of a new president brings to mind the rocky transition of 2001.


Clinton administration staffers, upset that Republicans beat the Democrats, removed or damaged the “W” keys on computer keyboards throughout the White House so, when George W. Bush took office, the new staffers could not type his nickname.


Though workplace revenge like this usually is not violent, it does beat down productivity and company morale.


Over the past 15 years, Tom Tripp — professor of management operations at WSU Vancouver — has been collecting stories for a book on workplace revenge. … » More …

Ombudsmen listen to employee problems
November 7, 2008

In times of tight budgets and hiring freezes, it’s more important than ever for WSU offices to work together.


“In this economic environment, we’re left with what and who we have,” said WSU ombudsman Judy Krueger at the recent monthly meeting of the Administrative Professional Advisory Council. “Offices must work as a team, consider the morale of all and promote workplace civility.


“Supervisors should promote active listening and open-door policies, so employees can come and talk.”


Krueger and co-ombudsman Ken Struckmeyer made a presentation at the meeting to remind employees that the ombudsmen are available to help. They provide confidential, neutral, independent … » More …

$1.4 million shared grant eyes violence, workplace
November 1, 2002

The effect of domestic violence on the workplace has been associated with significant human and organizational costs. The Bureau of National Affairs (1990) estimated that domestic violence costs American business $3 – 5 billion annually due to absenteeism, medical bills, employee turnover and lost productivity. And violence that originates at home and then spreads to workplace locations has been documented more and more in the past couple of decades.A partnership between WSU Spokane and community institutions has been awarded a three-year, $1.4 million National Institutes of Health grant to develop programs to address this social phenomenon. WSU Spokane researchers will serve as the project leaders … » More …