Dealing with bullying in the workplace

 

Bullying is the workplace can have a significant on any business so how do you deal with it?

Workplace bullying can exist in any business, in any size or sector. Bullying itself can be recognised in many different ways, however, if its not addressed it can have a significant impact on a staff member or on a wider scale. Bullying can come in many shapes or forms such as using inappropriate language or tone, ignoring a colleague deliberately or being aggressive. If a member of staff is experiencing bullying in the workplace, this will lead to a significant impact on their own mental health and if not tackled, may have an impact on the culture and performance of a business.

The individual or even team, if bullied, will feel anxious and will probably show signs of low mood or mood swings. Furthermore, the individuals family life may suffer too.

So before this escalates, can you identify signs in staff that bullying may be occurring. Here are a few examples of bullying behaviour you may identify.

A member of staff is aggressive, shouts or is threatening to another member of staff.

  • Being constantly criticised, having duties and responsibility taken away without good reason
  • Shouting, aggressive behaviour or threats

  • Being put down or made to feel like the butt of the jokes

  • Being persistently picked on in front of others or in private

  • Being constantly ignored, victimised and excluded regularly

  • Constantly mocking and attacking members of staff

  • Spreading malicious rumours about members of staff

  • Misuse of power or position to make someone feel uncomfortable or victimised

  • Making threats about job security without any basis or substance

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