Workplace bullying is an issue that affects individuals and organisations alike. We at Tell Jane are on a mission to encourage employers to be less reactive and take more proactive steps to prevent bullying and foster a positive work culture. In this blog post, we’ll explore key statistics on workplace bullying and provide practical strategies for creating a respectful and inclusive workplace environment.Statistics on workplace bullying
1. According to the Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI), 19% of Britons have experienced bullying at work.
2. Women are disproportionately targeted, with 60% of bullying targets being female.
3. The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) found that 15% of UK employees have experienced bullying or harassment at work in the last two years.
4. 40% of workers report being bullied at work, with 55% of those bullied not confronting the bully, as per CareerBuilder.

Practical tips to prevent bullying:
1. Establish clear policies: Develop comprehensive anti-bullying policies that clearly define unacceptable behaviour and consequences. Ensure all employees are aware of these policies through training and regular communication.
2. Promote respectful communication: Encourage open and respectful communication channels where employees feel comfortable expressing concerns and grievances without fear of retaliation.
3. Lead by example: Managers and leaders should model respectful behaviour and intervene promptly if they witness or receive reports of bullying.
4. Provide training: Offer training sessions on recognising and addressing bullying behaviour for both managers and employees. Include examples and case studies to enhance understanding.
5. Encourage reporting: Create anonymous reporting mechanisms, such as hotlines or suggestion boxes, to allow employees to report bullying incidents confidentially.
6. Investigate promptly: Take all reports of bullying seriously and conduct thorough investigations. Ensure confidentiality and provide support to both the target and the accused during the process.
7. Offer support services: Provide access to counselling or support services through your EAP for employees who have experienced bullying. This can help them cope with the emotional impact and prevent long-term psychological harm.
8. Monitor and Evaluate: Regularly assess the effectiveness of anti-bullying measures through employee surveys, focus groups, and performance indicators. Make adjustments as needed to continuously improve the workplace culture.

Workplace bullying is a complex issue that requires proactive efforts from employers to address effectively. By implementing these practical strategies and fostering a culture of respect and inclusivity, organisations can create a healthier and more productive work environment for all employees.

Tell Jane can support you in creating a workplace that actively discourages exclusion. As well as anti-bullying and harassment training, our expert HR practitioners can manage workplace investigations, help you set up an ERG and provide you with an anonymous employee hotline. Simply email to find out more.

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