Anti-Bullying Week – 14/11/2019
There's a perception that bullying is something that only happens at school and that it is left in the educational system to never encounter again. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Bullying is a problem across all ages and environments, including the Workplace. Bullying within the Workplace is becoming more common, with approximately 6 in 10 people having witnessed or suffered bullying in the Workplace in the UK.
But how do you prevent bullying happening in your Company?
- Know what bullying looks like
Bullying at work can take many shapes or forms, look out for it. This might include, verbal humiliation, persistent and unwarranted criticism, isolation and exclusion!
- Promote a positive workplace culture
Workplace culture is the environment that you create for your employees. Make this clear through your companies values as well as your company’s policies and procedures. This should highlight to your employees what type of behaviour is acceptable and what behaviours are prohibited within the organisation. Policies and procedures should also provide clear direction for those that want to report allegations so that those experiencing workplace bullying can get help!
- Investigate complaints promptly
It is important that employers don’t ignore direct complaints or rumours of bullying in your workplace. Employers should take immediate action because the longer the bullying is permitted to occur, the greater the damage to the victim, the workplace culture and the overall potential liability to your company. Businesses must be proactive, not reactive!
- Provide training to both supervisors and employees
Train your managers and supervisors on appropriate ways to provide constructive criticism and on the policies and procedures in your organisation. If supervisors do not understand the company’s policies and procedures, then they are unable to enforce them. Supervisors need to be provided with training in order to know how to identify bullying and what to do if bullying is taking place in the business.
If employees are not made aware of their rights and responsibility to report such behaviour, they will continue to work under the assumption that the employer does not take this seriously. Open the conversation about bullying!
"When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but creatures of emotion" Dale Carnegie.Back