- Don’t tolerate bullying, period. If your workplace has a problem with bullying, set a zero-tolerance policy and stick to it. Follow through by terminating employees who bully others and refuse to stop.
- Culture change starts at the top. Ensure the CEO and company leadership is on board when it comes to creating a bully-free culture.
- Encourage workers to report bullying. If the work force feels comfortable reporting bullying with no fear of retaliation, you will build a stronger culture overall.
- Don’t protect bullies. Too often, company leaders maintain loyalty to bullies based on work performance or personal connections. Realize that a bully can damage morale and productivity or cause good employees to go running for the hills.
- Promote tolerance. Make it clear that all employees, including those who may be perceived as “different” for whatever reason, are valued and must be treated with respect.
This is a companion piece to the feature “Beyond the Playground: When Bullying Elbows Its Way Into the Workplace.“
5 Ways Employers Can Promote a Bully-Free Culture at Work