Workplace bullying has been found to be four times more prevalent than sexual harassment in the USA.
WORKPLACE BULLYING:WHAT YOU (MANAGERS, HR, EMPLOYEES,OHS) SHOULD KNOW
WHAT IT IS: Cumulative and repeated conduct which may include:
false accusations of mistakes and errors; hostile glares and other intimidating non-verbal behaviors; yelling, shouting and screaming; exclusion and the “silent treatment”; withholding resources and information necessary to the job; behind the back sabotage and defamation; use of put-downs, insults, and excessively harsh criticism; unreasonably heavy work demands.
WHAT IT ISN’T: Everyday disagreements and “dust-ups” in the office; someone having a bad day and losing his/her temper; reasonable instructions, directives and employee reviews.
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO:
-Create a workplace bullying policy with clear definitions & examples. Provide measures for complaints, investigation, and resolution.
WHY YOU SHOULD DO IT:
-Workplace bullying, an internal occurrence undertaken by managers and/or coworkers, leads to more workers leaving their jobs than violence, typically inflicted by sources external to a company.
-Workers who witness bullying can have a stronger urge to quit than those who experience it firsthand.
-Reduce huge costs to the organization in terms of reduced morale, harm to reputation, medical and insurance costs and absenteeism.
There are essentially no laws yet against workplace bullying in the US. You don’t need a law to create an organizational culture of respect.