The schoolyard isn’t the only place where bullies roam. When they grow up, they may bring their unacceptable behavior into the workplace.

In fact, a recent study indicates that bullying is a growing problem at work: In a CareerBuilder survey, 35% of responding employees said they’d been bullied at work in 2012, up from 27% in 2011.

Watching for signs
There’s no hard and fast definition of bullying, but an observant manager will want to watch for signs like these:

  • constant destructive criticism
  • fault-finding over trivial matters
  • undermining of a target person in front of others
  • abusive language or threatening tones of voice, or
  • teasing whose intention is to embarrass or humiliate.

If you see one or more of these behaviors in any of your employees, you may have a bully on your hands.

It’s about respect
What do you tell a bully? Start with “Respect your co-workers.” Your organization may have a policy on respect that you can demand bullies comply with.

If not, point out how their actions are harming the morale and/or performance of their co-workers, and tell them there will be disciplinary consequences if they don’t stop. Follow through as necessary.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Contact

  • Rapid Learning Institute 1510 Chester Pike, Suite 310 Eddystone, PA 19022

  • Toll Free: (877) 792-2172
  • Contact Us

About RLI

RLI is 100% CAN-SPAM compliant. We're dedicated to protecting your privacy. We will NEVER sell or share your email address and will promptly honor all unsubscribe requests.

Learn More

Connect With Us

Signup to Receive Industry-Leading Tips and News from our Experts