By Valerie Cade CSP | February 3, 2010
Why is it someone has to get killed before the construction of a traffic light or stop sign? The same can be said for organizations in creating respectful workplaces (and being protective against workplace bullying). Why wait? Last week we opened our series with Why Most Bullying Policies Don’t Work & What You Can Do.
This week we are looking at how you can take your first step toward implementing Your Template for a “Bully Free at Work” Workplace Bullying Policy!” Be sure to read through and begin implementing these ideas that have worked for organizations all over the world. (Feel free to pass this on to other people in your organization and ‘ask them for their opinion’!)
Step 1: Purpose, Statement & Examples
Step 2: Complaint and Resolution Process
Step 3: Taking Action in a Safe Environment for Win-Win Results
Step 4: Consequences of Bullying Behavior
Step 5: Creating Buy-In to Your Workplace Bullying Policy.
Step 6: Your questions answered!
Step 1: Purpose, Statement, & Examples
Purpose of Policy:
- Should describe whom the policy is for (all employees) and why it is needed; (to protect and maintain a respectful work culture).
- Must clearly reflect the values of the organization.
- Have a definition of workplace bullying allowing for a clear understanding of what it is and what it isn’t. For example, the definition of workplace bullying we use in Bully Free At Work is: “Workplace Bullying is repeated, deliberate, disrespectful behavior by one or more people toward another for their own gratification which harms the target.”
- Include your organization’s position.
- “(Organization) is dedicated to ensuring a respectful workplace environment for all.”
- “(Organization) is committed to education, prevention and to an effective, timely resolution for all parties concerning workplace bullying and harassment.”
- “We will not tolerate harassment or workplace bullying of any kind.”
- Include how such behavior hampers organizational productivity and negatively affects employee health and overall morale.
- Note: Workplace bullying is a form of harassment which needs its own definition.
- Harassment covers unwelcome verbal or physical conduct because of race, religious beliefs, color, place of origin, gender, mental or physical disability, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, family status or source of income.
Indicate specific examples of workplace bullying behavior.
Examples of workplace bullying tactics include:
- Verbal abuse
- Lack of Clarity
- (A complete list of over 40 workplace bullying behaviors can be found in Bully Free At Work ).
- Acknowledge that this type of workplace bullying is not limited to the behaviors listed.
Join us next week for Step 2: Complaint and Resolution Process
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. Feel free to contact Valerie to speak for your organization
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