We are unwrapping some posts from the Women of HR archives for you this holiday season. Relax, enjoy and let us know if there is a favorite of yours you’d like to see unwrapped and run again.
Workplace bullying, just like childhood bullying, is when individuals or groups intentionally humiliate another person. At school, the victim is another student. At work, it is another employee. In 2012, the Workplace Bullying Institute conducted a survey about the prevalence of bullying in the workplace: 58 percent of respondents reported being bullied currently.
The benefits of addressing workplace bullying include improved staff satisfaction and retention, enhanced reputation for the organization, increased productivity and reduced liability exposure and risk management. Why put up with workplace bullying?
These days, the Peanuts character Lucy is a bully and they’re not going to allow it anymore. At least, that’s the deal according to the administrators at my kids’ school system, who ditched the time-honored tradition of watching It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown in the elementary schools during their Halloween parties because “Lucy is a bully.”
It is easy to forget that women face unique hazards, both large and small, in the workforce. There are things that Human Resources can and can’t do about the risks women encounter at work.