“When the promise (policy) is clear, the price is easy to pay (for holding workplace bullies accountable to poor behavior).” Why is it that most organizations would answer “I don’t know” or “maybe” or “no” to the question: “Do you have a workplace bullying policy?” Most organizations do not have one. For the same reason that we have speed limits on roads, organizations need workplace bullying policies. Have you been to a country without a speed limit? They’re not advantageous! Point made.
For those organizations that do have a workplace bullying policy, the next question, as a well known psychologist, Dr. Phil would say, is “So, how’s that working for you?” If an organization does happen to have a workplace bullying policy, most people in that organization would say this:
And the main reason these policies do not work is that people with authoritative power do not use their power effectively to uphold the policy. Many times when a target comes forward they will be met with denial, dismissal, defending tactics, discounting (telling the target they shouldn’t feel that way or that the target’s perception is “wrong”) and there is a debate and a non-acknowledgement of “the situation”.
Here are 2 questions everyone should ask:
We suggest involving employees in creating your policy in order to create buy-in.
How To Create An Employee Discussion for Meaningful Feedback:
Step 1: Purpose, Statement and Examples
Step 2: Complaint – Resolution Process
Step 3: Taking Action for Top Results
Step 4: Consequences for Bullying Behavior
Step 5: Creating Buy-In to Your Workplace Bullying Policies.
Many organizations have contacted us to assist them with not only developing their policies but securing the buy-in as well. Feel free to be in touch!
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Valerie Cade, CSP is a Workplace Bullying Expert, Speaker and Author of "Bully Free at Work: What You Can Do To Stop Workplace Bullying Now!" which has been distributed in over 100 countries worldwide. For presentations and consulting on workplace bullying prevention and respectful workplace implementation, go to http://www.BullyFreeAtWork.com
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