Prevent Bullying in the Workplace the right way. Being in your workplace, you are bound to have social relationships with the people who share your working space. In fact, a lot of workplaces encourage such bonds as they create a sense of belonging and loyalty to the workplace. People working together establish a sense of familiarity with their work environment and this has been proven to have positive effects on their productivity and well-being. Counter to that is a workplace where bullying is exercised upon a fellow worker.
A hostile work environment has its negative effects on the productivity of the employee and can extend beyond the workplace if the employer or the victim’s fellow employees decide to further harass the victim through exercising cyber-bullying on them. Using technology to harass and insult a person is a common practice nowadays that technology is available to almost everyone. Bullying entails constant and persistent harassment to a person, cyber-bullying is using technology (forums, email, social media websites, mobile phones…Etc) to practice such harassment and doing so in a workplace to a fellow employee or to your employers takes it to the level of practising cyber-bullying in the workplace. And that is why you need to learn how to Prevent Bullying in the Workplace.
The combination of the three practices results in a situation of cyber-bullying in the workplace.
There are the common approaches that one should take to protect themselves from being bullied.
However, the case with cyber-bullying is different and linking it to the workplace makes the situation even more complicated and awkward especially if the employer is the one bullying their employees.
In order to label cyber-bullying in the workplace as something offensive and unacceptable, the collective effort of everyone in the workplace is needed. The employer has to take some action, the employees have to take others and the workplace environment must be taught to label certain acts as bullying thus unacceptable workplaces practices.
The Employers or the Business Owners: For a business to be successful, the employees must enjoy a healthy work environment. This is hard to achieve when there is a bully among the team. Bullies practice their bullying when the environment around them is capable of hosting such hostility. Workplace regulations have to be clear and precise when they address issue of bullying with all of its various kinds. The work environment must be set in a way that allows employees to report situations of bullying or harassment without fear from losing their jobs and without threats to their career. Employers must also monitor the employees’ activity on company owned technology appliances to make sure no one is abusing it or using it to practice bullying on a fellow employee where no supervisor can see them.
The Employees: Fellow employees should not engage in acts of harassment practiced on one of them. Even as bystanders, they should protect the target and not add to their misery. Standing by the target’s side assures them that nothing is wrong with them and that the bully will not be tolerated within their circles. It helps the target a lot knowing that they are not alone in this and that they have their colleagues witnessing if there is something wrong with the way they are treated inside the workplace.
The Target: Being bullied inside a workplace is not a good experience. The target must learn how to emerge from it without letting it get into them so much. There are tons of different ways how the bully should be handled, among them is reporting the bully to their supervisor. You might be met with a shoulder shrug but if you are prepared enough with evidence and documentation that you are constantly bullied by someone in your workplace, supervisors are obliged to take action to stop this harassment. If you receive an offensive email save it, this will help your case if the harassment is persistent. If you are always ignored and your opinion is looked over, tell your supervisor that there is a problem of communication between you and the team and have it immediately addressed. Do not wait for things to get to an ugly state to handle before you state facing them. This approach is professional and could save a lot of your time and energy which would otherwise get wasted in fighting bullying or harassment.