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Orlando Business Journal: 5 Ways to Prevent Workplace Bullying

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

By Jeff Mandel – Orlando Business Journal – August 7, 2014

A staggering 27 percent of U.S. workers report experiencing abusive conduct at work; 21 percent report witnessing such conduct. And bullying is four times more common than harassment in the workplace, with 65.6 million people reporting to have been affected.

Bullying in the workplace is defined as actions by an individual or group that are unreasonable, physical or psychological, repeated, and cause an intentional impact on the target, such as humiliation, degradation, offense, intimidation or cause dangerous results to the target, such as risk to safety and/or mental or physical health issues. In short, bullying is considered a form of violence.

And the impacts of workplace bullying have a ripple effect. Not only does workplace bullying impact the target of the bullying, but it leaves a lasting impression on others in the workplace as well. Workplace bullying often results in high turnover, low productivity, lost innovations, difficulty hiring quality employees and even customer retention.

Here are five tips for employers wanting to be proactive in the fight against workplace bullying:


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Orlando Business Journal: Lessons from Incognito

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

Dealing with Workplace Bullies

By Richard Bilbao, Orlando Business Journal, Nov. 6, 2013

The Miami Dolphins have found themselves in the middle of a great business lesson — bullies are bad for business.

After beating the Cincinnati Bengals last Thursday on national television, the Dolphins are making the headlines in a scandal regarding Dolphins player Richie Incognito bullying his fellow teammate Jonathan Martin.

Such a scenario is not uncommon, as nearly 35 percent of workers have been bullied at least once, according to a study by the Workplace Bullying Institute in Bellingham, Wash.

So what can employees do when dealing with a bully? Here are some of the institute’s some tips:

1. Give your bully a name: What the institute means here is to identify that the bullying is happening. The study defined bullying as “repeated mistreatment, sabotage by others that prevented work from getting done, verbal abuse, threatening conduct, intimidation and humiliation.”

2. Make a plan: This is the phase where the bullied victim takes time to understand the situation and potentially seek outside counsel, such as an attorney, to understand the avenues when dealing with this situation. The institute even suggests determining how much lost productivity is wasted when a bully picks on their victim.

3. Broadcast it: The final step the institute shares for dealing with bullies is to expose them. This seems to be the exact strategy Dolphins player Jonathan Martin used when he outed his bully, which resulted in widespread news coverage and the suspension of Richie Incognito.

(WBI note: Here’s a link to the complete 3-step action plan)

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