Dr Susan Steinman
(previously Marais) is first and foremost an internationally recognised
and change-maker and as such been awarded with an ASHOKA fellowship in 2002 for
her pioneering work
in raising awareness and developing models to address workplace violence -
particlarly workplace bullying. Susan uses the name "Marais-Steinman" for
identification purposes because she first published "Corporate Hyenas at Work"
(launched approximately 8 years ago by the then Minister of Labour, Mr Tito
Mboweni) as Susan Marais.
well-known locally and internationally for her international research into
bullying and workplace violence (physical and emotional) and the implementaiton
of programmes to free workplaces from physical and emotional violence. Susan is
making workplaces equitable, trauma-free environments by establishing a work
culture of dignity and respect. Currently she is doing a pilot project for the
International Labour Office/International Council of Nurses/World Health
Organisation/Public Services Internation (ILO/ICN/WHO/PSI) Joint Programme to
reduce workplace violence against health workers in the Gauteng Health
Department and the outcomes are already significant and set to become a model
Dr Susan Steinman designed several programmes and assisted thousands of victims
of workplace violence locally and internationally over the years. She was
celebrated as a hero of South Africa in 2003 on the Tim Modise show. As s
popular speaker at local and international conferences on the topic of conflict,
abuse, bullying, health and wellness programmes and corporate governance. She
will also be publishing two new books during 2006. Susan's company "The People
Bottomline" sponsors the Workplace Dignity Institute, a non-profit advocacy and
research organisation addressing physical and emotional violence and related
psychosocial problems in the workplace. A full career description can be
obtained by contacting her personal assistant at:
After the launch of
CORPORATE HYENAS AT WORK by SUSAN MARAIS and MAGRIET HERMAN in 1997 by the then
SA Minister of Labour, Mr. Tito Mboweni, the book received unprecedented media
attention and very favourable reviews since that time to date.
23 November 1997 - Rapport (South African Sunday
newspaper) page 8 announcing the book with a hyena-cartoon and a picture of
5 December 1997 - Sandton chronicle.
7 December 1997 - Rapport, page 14 main editorial
as part of political comment
13 January 1998. Beeld (Afrikaans daily) in the
business section page 2 with cartoon as well as the supplement of this news
paper, "Kalender" on 28 January where Corporate Hyenas at Work appears 5th
on the English best-seller list for Van Schaik's for the month of January.
Vaal Triangle, 5 newspapers featuring the book
during January 1998.
City Press (SA Sunday newspaper), 25 January
1998. Full colour - Book of the Week p13.
Citizen, 2 February. Daily newspaper under book
Star Workplace, 3 March 1999 - this is the
largest career/job-hunting newspaper supplement in SA. Article on Susan's
Citizen, 23 March 1999 - Editorial comment by
Susan on negotiations before retrenchments.
Rapport, 11 April 1999 - article on Susan's new
book, following the success of Corporate Hyenas at Work.
Caxton local newspapers, Gauteng Region - April
1999. Carried articles on Susan's ongoing research into workplace bullying.
Sunday Times, Business Times (Appointments
section), page 2 - 7 May 2000 "Bullies rampant in SA offices" an article by
Janette Bennett about the work of the Foundation:
Newsweek, International Edition, 14 August pages
38 - 40. Susan Marais-Steinman interviewed with other workplace
bullying/mobbing experts around the world and a insert on the book
"Corporate Hyenas at Work".
The Star Newspaper, page 3, 9 November 200 -
"Bully Bosses makes life hell - expert warns" - the newspaper extensively
quotes Susan's paper at the International Conference on Work Trauma in
Johannesburg on 8 and 9 November.
Beeld, Burger, Volksblad 31 May 2002 (Hospitaalpersoneel
geweldslagoffers/Hospital staff victims of violence) p.6.
Pretoria News - Warzone in Hospitals, headline news - 31 May 2002 - also
other newspapers of the Independent News group.
City Press - 2 June 2002 - Violence in hospitals
Sunday Times 2 June 2002 (main section) Workplace
Violence in the Health Sector
Sowetan - 3 June 2002 Violence in the hospitals.
S A Medical Journal (March 2002) Casualties on
Health Care Battlefront.
S A Medical Journal (May 2002) Staff face Cape of
Medical Chronical - lead story)
2002/3 Health and Nursing Yearbook - Workplace Violence in the Healthcare
26 May 2002 Sunday Times (careers p2) Healthcare sector violent.
23 September 2002 - Port Elizabeth Herald
17 April 2005 - Killing off workplace bullies
(Sunday Times - business times edition)
21 October 2004 - Health Systems Trust article
about Nurse abuse.
Cape Argus - Nearly half of all nurses suffer abuse
The violence ranged from harassment and bullying to
aggression and assault, both...
psychological.. The Hospersa research was conducted in...
22 January 2006 - The Herald - Abuse against health workers on the
KEUR 16 January 1998, full-page colour article
with pic of the authors and a radio advertisement announcing the article a
week before the publication of the magazine.
EDGARS-Club Magazine February 1998 - Full colour
picture of the book plus review.
GETAWAY - April 1998 - Full colour pic of the
book plus review.
PEOPLE DYNAMICS - May 1998 - Full colour pic plus
ROOI ROSE - 26 May 1999. Full colour article on
the book over two pages as well as an internet article with a cartoon.
ROOI ROSE - 23 June 1999. Article on Susan's
communication research and "speaking corporatese".
Various articles in the in-house magazines of
large companies during 1998.
PEOPLE DYNAMICS - August 1999. Article on
Susan's ongoing research into workplace hostilities.
Rose - 31 August 1999
- Article "Get ready for Workplace 2000" by Susan.
Finesse on workplace bullying - May 2003
Fair Lady 2004 August - workplace bullying
Elle magazine - August 2005 - workplace
Emerging Markets - PSCA international
publication - Profile of the Workplace Dignity Institute.
Carla Van der Spuy November 2004 in Solidarity
- Why People hate their jobs
24.com Careers and Money. Women's Value (online
(Control Work Pests)
Risk Management - August 2005. Work Shouldn't
The authors had various talk programmes varying
from 15 minutes to two hours on radio stations:
5 December 1997 - Women's World, Vaal Community
18 December 1997 - Punt Radio (Gauteng and the
Western Cape Provinces)
18 December 1997 - Radio Jakaranda (Gauteng,
Northern and Western Provinces)
12 January 1998 - Women Today, Radio SA-FM
3 February 1998 - Punt Radio (two-hour late-night
2 April 1999 - Radio 702 linking Susan up with
Tim Field (UK) and Gary Namie (USA) for a 90 minutes talk show on bullying.
30 December 1999 - Susan on Radio 702 for 5
minutes about workplace bullying.
11 August 2000 - Susan on Monitor/Spektrum about
workplace bullying and the International Conference on Work Trauma.
13 August 2000 - Susan on Radio 702 about
Radio 702 - 9 November at 22:20 the evening -
Susan on talk show about workplace bullies
Radio Sonder Grense 14 November 2000 - Susan
talks about the achievements of the International Conference on Work Trauma
Radio Sonder Grense, 5 October 2000 at 07:55 in
the morning - Susan talks about workplace bullying and the international
Radio 702 - 30 May 2002 at 13:30 Comments on
workplace violence in the health care sector,
Radio 702 - July 2003 - Celebrating Dr Susan
Steinman - A Hero of South Africa: Tim Modise Show
16 - 20 November 2003 - approximately 18 radio
interviews during the International Conference on
in the Workplace 18 - 20 November, South Africa.
December 2003 - Follow up on Heroes of South
Africa programme Radio 702.
Radio 702 July 2004 Short interview on
FM Radio - April 2005 - Workplace Violence in
the Health Sector Training Programme.
Radio Mpumalanga November 2005 - Workplace
violence in the health sector.
- About radio interview:
19 January 2005 - 18:00
Free Talk on SABC3
23 December 1997 - SABC "The Breakfast Club"
between 06:00 and 08:00. Two three-minute spots, one at 06:15 and one at
07:27 the same morning.
21 January 1997 - SABC "Options" at 18:30 to
19:00 featuring the book and the authors in a programme about office
etiquette in a 3 minute slot.
10 August 2000 - SABC 2 - News and Current
Affairs, 6pm - Susan and the work of the foundation on the news as the
May 2002 - E-TV News
17:00 on research workplace violence
19 November 2003 - 18:15 Programme on workplace
violence "Labour Talk"on SABC3