Best Practices for Dealing With Office Bullies

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 2015-10-27 Email

A workplace shouldn't resemble a school playground. Unfortunately, that doesn't stop office bullies from offending—and sometimes tormenting—their co-workers on a regular basis, according a recent survey from OfficeTeam. In fact, a surprising number of employees and human resources managers said that bullying has occurred at their company. Fortunately, many victims are taking action, either by confronting a bully or reporting the situation to a supervisor. However, many professionals suffer significantly from these hostile interactions, and some even quit their jobs rather than deal with the situation. Others do nothing and silently suffer through it. "Workplace bullying often flies under the radar because employees tolerate it or fail to report it," said Robert Hosking, executive director of OfficeTeam. "Managers and staff alike should be supported in addressing bullying issues. This includes not giving anyone a pass for negative behavior, no matter how valued that person may be." OfficeTeam also includes best practices for dealing with bullies at work, and we've included some of those here. More than 300 U.S. workers and 300 HR managers took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

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