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Adam Piore

  • Stop Bullying to Save Your Business

    “Bullying” may sound too high schoolish for employers to give it any extra attention. But with the increasing bullying incidents that had led to safety and health issues and made employees leave their jobs, it’s high time for employers to turn their cards and start taking this workplace “dilemma” seriously.

    True enough, it is really complicated to spot bullying. In fact, there’s a thin line between being mean and a bully. According to the Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI), while these two may look so similar, being mean actually stops when something has been successfully done. To make this a little clearer to understand, let’s have a manager and his associates as an example of a mean attitude: He gives them instructions, yells at them if he has to repeat them for the nth time, but stops all the pressures once the job is done. On the other hand, bullying is mistreating a single individual over and over again with the purpose of offending, threatening, intimidating, and/or humiliating that individual. If this isn’t enough to differentiate the two, just think of the fine line as this: personal malice.

    In his post “Taming the Workplace Bully,” Adam Piore mentioned two psychological reasons why some people are bullies - they are popular and want to stay that way, or they can also be the ones with low self-esteem and want to feel superior.

    So, what can employers do about bullying? The first step is to gather all employees, from senior managers to rack-and-file employees, to a meeting and discuss with them the efforts of the company on anti-bullying. Then, together, you can create a grievance policy that would explain what they have to do in case bullying problems arise. Lastly, follow the policy very seriously.

    Before things go out of hand, it’s good to know the root cause of small problems. Employers should take time off to walk around the working premises and see firsthand what’s really going on inside.

  • Bullying at the Workplace

    It could start with a mere snide remark about how an employee eats her lunch. To employers, it may just look like employees who love joking around to pass the hours. But if you look a little more closely, this can develop into bullying, which can hurt the productivity of victims and eventually the business. Learn more about this issue in “Taming the Workplace Bully” by Adam Piore of Bloomberg Business Week.

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