We all want our employees to feel welcome, safe, and happy when they come to work. In an ideal world everyone would get along perfectly and there would never be any drama within your team. But that is of course not the reality. Bullying doesn’t just occur at school or in the playground, it can happen and does happen all-too-often in the workplace.
While harassment and bullying at the workplace can have many different forms, it’s usually considered to be an instance in which someone is using power or intimidation to hurt someone else. Sometimes the behaviour is not intentional, but often it is. And that’s why you need to take a stand against bullying and take steps to prevent both bullying and harassment in the workplace.
Workplace bullying and harassment can have serious negative effects on employee’s mental, emotional, and even physical health. It can lead to feelings of low self-worth, depression, anxiety, and even headaches in the person being bullied. For you as an employer, the cost of bullying can come in the form of low productivity and lawsuits if the behaviour is ignored or “swept under the carpet”.
There are other effects that are far-reaching and can seriously hurt your business.
Essential HR can support you, your managers and your employees to understand what workplace bullying and harassment is and explore opportunities to eliminate, prevent and manage this in your business. We run inhouse or offsite training & workshops. Should you like to learn more or make an enquiry please click here: https://www.esshr.com.au/workplace-bullying