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 hello@telljane.co.uk to find out more.

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