Dealing with Bullying in the Workplace
Rapid changes in technologies and industries combined with downsizing has created unprecedented pressures on staff in the workplace. Employees are now expected to work longer and harder, to meet goals that may change overnight, to even neglect their health and wellbeing. As a result, bullying has seen a resurgence in the workplace, with managers and coworkers becoming more like taskmasters than collegial coworkers.
Meanwhile, HR departments should be working with executives and staff to create an environment for employees to feel safe so they can be productive. EDN’s blog post How to Prevent Workplace Bullying provides HR managers tips on how create a non-threatening space for people to work in. Some of the tips include:
Create a well-defined policy.
Look out for bullying behavior.
Address bullying quickly.
And check out our article, “How to Deal with Spanish Language Discrimination in the Workplace”. With greater attention American society is placing on language and ethnic differences, the workplace has become an important environment in which to balance getting business done and displaying mutual respect for coworkers of Spanish-speaking origins.
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