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Workplace bullying is a complex and difficult issue that is plaguing organizations in the United States and globally.  One of the questions that I often get asked is can an organization truly stop and manage workplace bullying.  Of course, I believe that the answer to this question is yes.  But what does it take for an organization to stop workplace bullying.

First and foremost, organizations need to know what workplace bullying is.  Most organizations never receive any education on workplace bullying.  They get training on conflict resolution and frequently assume that this is adequate.  Unfortunately, it is not.  (I recommend reading my blogs on the significant differences between conflict and workplace bullying.)  Treating workplace bullying like conflict almost always exacerbates the problem of bullying rather than helping to solve it.  Organizations, therefore, need to have a clear understanding of workplace bullying to begin to address the issue in their organization.

Secondly, organizations need to acknowledge the possibility that their work environment could be toxic.  This is important because admitting that there may be problems or issues that need to be addressed is the first step in identifying solutions.  If an organization is unwilling to acknowledge that there may be concerns, they cannot develop resolutions that will effectively address workplace bullying.

An organization also needs to be willing to hold all workers accountable, have integrity, and equitability.  This includes everyone from the top to the bottom.  This will ensure fair treatment of workers and will help improve overall working relationships.

Finally, it is essential that organizations be flexible.  They need to try different solutions and evaluate them to see if they are working.  If they are not reducing workplace bullying, then organizations need to adapt their solutions.  Organizations must continue to review their interventions and adjust as needed.  This will help them continue to assess their work environment to ensure that workplace bullying is stopping as well as to prevent any future workplace violence.

This week, try to get an understanding of what your coworkers know about workplace bullying.  This will help you to gauge where your organization is in their understanding of this issue and a starting point to begin to solve workplace bullying.

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


 


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I believe that these organizations are surely able to stop workplace bullying by strictly implementing rules and regulations regarding the said issue. The organizations must monitor the relationships between their employees and make them feel that it is their right to share their experiences with the company. I believe that this will motivate the employees to work harder because they are ensured of their security. This will also increase the loyalty percentage of the workers since they are now able to be in good terms with their co-workers.

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Jan
03/28/2017 9:49am

I totally agree with you. Organizations can in fact stop bullying. The problem is that most don't know how to hold people accountable or stop the bullying. What typically happens is that they end up telling the target to forget about it or they penalize the target. This makes the bullying worse.
Organizations need to intervene.

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04/11/2017 12:48pm

I think the organizations can do it but some people (especially boss) think that you are weak if you can't stand against the bullying. This is a wrong position but I faced it a few times before.

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06/12/2017 12:23pm

What a complete explanation. Thank you very much for that.

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07/28/2017 5:46pm

Thank you very much, it's very important issue for us.

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08/21/2017 8:43am

1. I don’t know that the organizations will ever be able to stop workplace bullying or not but they are really needed to do so. Workplace bullying hampers the performance of the employees in a very bad and poor manner.

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09/11/2017 5:36am

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