Workplace bullying causes a great deal of destruction to the entire organization and all the workers.  Adding to this devastation is the lack of intervention and the absence of effective strategies to help organizations cope and rebuild from persistent workplace aggression.  A restorative healing approach assists organizations with stopping bullying and incorporates strategies for healing the work environment as well.

Restorative healing focuses on restoration, transformation, and prevention. It is a guided and intentional process that brings stakeholders together to work cooperatively to transform relationships and the culture with a focus on prevention. It helps organizations acknowledge that bullying exists in the work environment and understand the harm it caused. Restorative healing incorporates strategies for maintaining safety for all workers as well as utilizing approaches to transform the culture into one where bullying no longer exists.   

Making amends is not a concept that is usually considered in working with organizations. However, it is an important piece of restorative healing because of the amount of harm associated with workplace bullying. Making amends requires a cooperative effort among aggressors, receivers, and bystanders. It provides opportunities for workers, including leadership, to express their feelings, take responsibility for their actions, let go of the past, and make a commitment to moving forward to a healthy work environment.

Organizational must start to intervene in workplace bullying environments. They must also remember that there is no easy fix, but organizations can heal from workplace bullying with commitment, time, and a restorative healing approach. 

If you or your organization is experiencing workplace bullying, please contact me at jankircher@jankircher.com or (320) 309-2360. You can also visit my website at www.jankircher.com. Help is out there.