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.
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