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Workplace Bullying

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Workplace Bullying

Workplace Bullying

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  • 1. PRESENTER: LIOR SAMFIRU Workplace Bullying
  • 2. Examples •Spreading malicious rumours, gossip, or innuendo that is not true •Excluding or isolating someone socially •Intimidating a person •Undermining or deliberately impeding a person’s work •Physically abusing or threatening abuse Workplace Bullying
  • 3. More examples •Removing areas of responsibilities without cause •Constantly changing work guidelines •Establishing impossible deadlines that will set up the individual to fail •Withholding necessary information or purposefully giving the wrong information •Spreading malicious rumours, gossip, or innuendo that is not true •Excluding or isolating someone socially •Intimidating a person •Undermining or deliberately impeding a person’s work •Physically abusing or threatening abuse Workplace Bullying
  • 4. Some Statistics (Source: www.bullyfreeworld.com) •Bullying in the workplace varies from country to country, in Norway 5% of the workforce admit to being bullied while in the UK and USA 20% of the workforce say they have encountered bullying in the workplace. •1 in 30 workers are serial bullies. •Bullying can continue for years. •84% of workers at some time in their life encounter intimidating behaviour. •73% of the workforce are unhappy and say the workplace is oppressive. •65% of the workforce won’t speak up out of fear. •43% felt a great deal of pressure especially when it came to meeting unrealistic targets. •40% of the workforce say they have encountered abusive language. •38% of the workforce have been on the receiving end of hurtful jokes or have been the victim of pranks. •23% have come across threatening behaviour in the workplace. •15% have been on the receiving end of a physical assault. •66% of the bullies encountered within the workplace were managers or supervisors. Workplace Bullying
  • 5. Setting up a bully-free workplace •Educate staff on bullying in the workplace •(through PD initiative) •Hang anti-bullying posters in staff room •Have the staff sign an anti-bullying pledge •Department Heads and Administrators need to be approachable •Do activities that promote staff unity (ex: staff retreats) Workplace Bullying
  • 6. DO •Encourage everyone at the workplace to act in a respectful and professional manner towards others. •Have a workplace policy that includes a reporting system. •Educate everyone that bullying is a serious matter. •Try to work out solutions before the situation gets serious or out of control. •Educate everyone about what bullying is, and to whom they can go for help. •Treat all complaints seriously, and deal with complaints promptly and confidentially •Have an impartial third party help with a resolution if necessary Workplace Bullying
  • 7. DO NOT •Ignore any potential problems. •Delay resolution. Act as soon as possible •Remember Bill 168 provides active obligation on employer to protect employees •Problems include absenteeism and reduced workplace effectiveness •Potential Liability includes claims for constructive dismissal, breaches of the Human Rights Code and claims for damages for psychological injuries Workplace Bullying

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