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Bullying in the workplace is a serious problem and it can happen in the best of companies; all it takes is one person to ruin employee morale, productivity, and the bottom line.
Bullying in the workplace is a serious problem and it can happen in the best of companies; all it takes is one person to ruin employee morale, productivity, and the bottom line. Workplace bullying can bring bad publicity resulting in less business, it can cause high staff turnover, and it can bring a whole host of legal problems ranging from civil suits to criminal charges.
A workplace bully can cause such emotional turmoil to a co-worker or subordinate that the employee takes extra sick days, stress leave, and may even actively search for a job with another company. The business loses an talented and skilled worker; not only that, the company, in some cases, will also need to spend the equivalent of twice that employee’s yearly salary finding a replacement.
The bad news is that if a bully’s behaviour continues unchecked, once his or her original victim has left the company, he or she will simply select a new target. Bullies cost time, money, and effort, and companies that want to remain competitive and retain good, reliable staff must invest in workplace bullying training because eliminating bullying behaviour isn’t just the responsibility of managers or supervisors: it’s everyone’s responsibility. From new hires to the most senior executives, everyone needs to be aware of it and report it to stop it from spreading.
There are companies in Australia that specialise in training of this nature. Along with cyber-bullying awareness, they can make staff aware of the dangers of bullying in the workplace and provide staff with the resources to combat it. A bully-free workplace is a pleasant environment to work in; employees will be free to do what they do best: their jobs. Ignoring the problem and hoping it will go away is a strategy that never works; it will only get worse with time.
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Mutholy, E. (2018). How Your Business Will Suffer From Workplace Bullying. PHILICA.COM Article number 1222.