Although bullying at the workplace has always been a big problem over the years, it has taken a worse form with the today’s growing technology. According to a recent CareerBuilder survey of US-based full-time employees, about 28% were bullying victims and 18% of them have left their job because of bullying.
In most bullying cases, victims don’t take any harsh steps to stop bullying as they have a fear of attack, conflict, discomfort and the fear of job security. But, till when? It’s time to stop bullying and we don’t need it to thrive in the workplace, at least.
Here is a list of suggestions which every organization needs to work on to stop bullying:
Initially, the employers need to introduce an anti-bullying program. Doing this might stop bullying to some extent as the culprits will have a fear of termination.
Training sessions should be conducted once or twice a year to spread awareness among every employee regarding bullying and its long-term consequences.
If there is a case of workplace bullying, the employer of the organization has a responsibility to take bullying reports seriously. You can also take strict actions against the culprit if needed.
Organizations can also launch a toll-free number to address bullying victims, in case the victim doesn’t want to talk about it in office premises.
First of all, every company needs an anti-bullying policy. Second, there needs to be training and decisions have to be made about what is and is not appropriate at work. Those who bully at work need to be disciplined or even terminated. If you do not demonstrate to the workers that bullying is unacceptable, the policies in place are entirely pointless.
IT is also essential to provide training for all employees in respectful communication protocols and the consequences of not adhering to them. It is necessary to offer easy access to communication channels and support systems. Some organizations even have a toll free hotline to call if they feel targeted.