The Twelve Days of Christmas Day 7: All of the other reindeer used to laugh and call him names, they never let poor Rudolph join in any reindeer games…
Whilst we like to think of Rudolph as being happy and fulfilled at work sadly it seems that this hasn’t always been the case and he’s not alone! Many employees experience workplace bullying but it doesn’t have to be this way. You can spread some Christmas cheer by taking simple steps to protect employees in your organisation from bullying:
- Make sure all your employees and managers know what bullying is. This can often be described as the repeated less favourable treatment of a person by another or others. Bullying can be physical, verbal or non-verbal such as repeatedly ignoring someone.
- Make it clear that your organisation won’t tolerate bullying and that it will be treated as a serious conduct offence which may result in dismissal.
- Ensure managers can spot problem behaviour before it becomes bullying and know how to step in to prevent escalation.
- Make sure your employees know how to report bullying if they feel they have been a victim of it or have witnessed it.
If you would like an anti-bullying and harassment policy for use in your organisation, please contact Kingfisher Professional Services Ltd. If a complaint of bullying is raised, we can help your organisation by providing practical advice and support tailored to your situation.