Did you know that 60.3 million U.S. workers are affected by workplace bullying? A 2017 survey conducted by the Workplace Bullying Institute found:
Bullying is generally defined as the use of intimidation through power, influence, tone or language to affect a person negatively. It is often intentional; however, sometimes the bully is not aware of his or her hurtful actions or words.
Common signs of workplace bullying include:
Bullying in the workplace not only affects safety, trust, and workplace culture, it can lead to reduced productivity, increased turnover, and sometimes legal problems. While clear anti-harassment procedures are a good start, these measures may not be enough to protect employees from bullying.
The following tips can help employers to take more specific measures to counter bullying and create a more positive work environment:
Following policies, responding to complaints, offering counseling or referrals to an employee assistance program, and promoting an overall positive workplace will help control unwanted behavior and prevent unfair treatment.
2017 Workplace Bullying Institute Survey
Huffington Post, “8 Steps to take to stop bullying in your workplace”
Wright Specialty Insurance, “Are there bullies in your workplace?”
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