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Webinar - Preventing Workplace Bullying with Timothy Dimoff


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Timothy Dimoff, President of SACS Consulting and Investigative Services Inc., shares tips for preventing workplace bullying. The webinar, presented by i-Sight, also reviews the importance of employee handbooks, the effects of bullying in the workplace and the importance of investigating allegations of bullying.

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Webinar - Preventing Workplace Bullying with Timothy Dimoff

  1. 1. Preventing Workplace Bullying Timothy Dimoff, SACS Security and Consulting Services
  2. 2. What is Workplace Bullying? Repeated unreasonable actions of an individual(s) directed towards an employee(s), which are intended to: • Cause Health Risks • Intimidate • Degrade • Humiliate • Undermine
  3. 3. What is Workplace Bullying? Includes: • Verbal Abuse • Spreading Gossip/Lies • Threatening Behavior • Humiliation • Work Inferences/Sabotage • Persistent Criticisms of Employees’ Work. • Insulting Workers’ Habits, Attitudes or Personal Lives. • Reminding Employees of Mistakes
  4. 4. Prevention Policies and Procedures • Initiate strict anti-bullying policies. • Educate employees to create an environment that makes victims feel that they can come forward.
  5. 5. Prevention Policies and Procedures  Your strategies & plans need to suit the size & structure of your workplace, and be realistic & achievable.  They should create long-term change and not be used as a quick fix.
  6. 6. Prevention Bullying can be reduced by: • Training & Awareness Programs • Managers Being Sympathetic • Open Communication • Encouraged Discussions • Prompt Investigation
  7. 7. Positive Culture Prevention Leads to Creating a Positive Company Culture!
  8. 8. Effects of Bullying on Employees • Estimated Yearly Costs of – $180 Million in Lost Time & Productivity • Lost Productivity • Litigations • Increased: – Turnover – Absenteeism – Health Care Cost Bullying Increased Costs
  9. 9. Effects of Bullying on Employees • Negative Work Environments • Unhealthy Consequences • Less Satisfying Relations with Co-Workers • Decreased Satisfaction with Their Jobs • More Likely to Quit Jobs
  10. 10. Effects of Bullying on Employees: Job Loss • 78% of bullied individuals eventually leave their job due to the bullying (According to Workplace Bullying Institute, April 2012) *Percentages Shown Reflect Outcomes Only in Cases where the Bullying Had Stopped
  11. 11. Effects of Bullying on Employees: Stress Related Illnesses • High Stress; PTSD • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome • Sleep & Digestive Disturbances • Increased Depression/Self-Blame • High Blood Pressure • Weight Changes • Ulcers • Headaches
  12. 12. Effects of Bullying on Employees: Stress Related Illnesses • 41% of Targets Become Depressed • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder • 31% of Women Diagnosed • 21% of Men Diagnosed
  13. 13. Recap • Bullying Leads to Lost Time & Productivity • Bullying is Expensive • Training & Policies are Effective • It is YOUR Responsibility as the Employer to Resolve the Situation
  14. 14. Recap + Policies & Procedures + Training Supervisors + Educating Employees + Prompt Investigation + No Exceptions = Positive Culture
  15. 15. Thank-you for participating If you have any questions, please feel free to email them to: Timothy Dimoff, SACS Security and Consulting Services Joe Gerard, Vice President Marketing and Sales