Are You Prepared For Workplace Bullying?

Bullying can happen to anyone, it might happen to you or someone that works for you. Are you prepared for bullying and have you prepared you’re employees and managers?

Workplace bullying can be harmful to the person experiencing it and to those who witness it. It ruins lives and destroys workplaces, and it’s up to you and your employer to put a stop to it.

To help organisations combat bullying Harness Energy has made available in the Chorck Marketplace their Bullying in the Workplace for Employees and Bullying in the Workplace for Managers courses.

The courses are free and are recommended for all company sizes to encourage their employees and managers to up-skill & re-skill themselves.

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Bullying is recurring and persistent verbal, physical, social or psychological abuse which degrades, victimises, intimates and humiliates a person or group of people. It creates a risk to health and safety for all individuals in the workplace and causes anxiety, depression, burnout and lower levels of job satisfaction in the targets and bystanders.

Every employee has the right to be in a safe workplace, free from violence, harassment and bullying. There are national anti-bullying laws and state or territory bodies that can help people with bullying and harassment in the workplace. 

Being bullied has significant repercussions, the victim/s may be less active or successful in their role and personal lives, begin to lack confidence, feel scared, stressed, anxious or depressed, want to remain home from work and they can show signs of physical symptoms like headaches, backaches and sleep problems. 

If workplace bullying is happening in your organisation the results can be increased staff turnover, reduced quality of work, poor customer service and an unfavourable workplace culture, to name just a few. The effects of bullying can be detrimental and have a longterm negative effect if ignored or continues for a lengthy period of time.

It is important that all employees and managers are given training in workplace bullying, education is always the best remedy in the fight against bullying. 

It is often said that prevention is the best safeguard, ensuring a safe working environment for all employees is a great way of driving a health and safety focus whilst helping to improve your workplace culture at the same time.