Workplace bullying and the supervisor's responsibility to stop it
Statistics from the Waitt Institute for Violence Prevention show that one in three employees personally experiences bullying at some point in their working lives. At any given time, one out of every 10 employees is a target of workplace bullying. Nearly half of all American workers (49 percent) have been affected by workplace bullying, either being a target themselves or having witnessed abusive behavior against a co-worker.
As the supervisor of a workgroup, it is your responsibility to maintain a safe and comfortable working environment for all of your employees. Supervisors are responsible for setting expectations on employee behavior and holding the employee accountable for meeting the expectations. Below are things that you can do to prevent a bully from entering your workgroup, or to deal with them if they are already there.
Contact your Employee Relations consultant before you implement the steps above if you feel you have a bully in the workplace. We can help you work through these steps and develop a plan for your situation.
- Connie Reckowsky
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