Posted by: healingtheworkplace | June 30, 2011

Workplace Bullying 2011

Hello, I haven’t written about bullying for a while so I thought I’d see what’s new and noteworthy!

Bullying in the workplace continues to be a concern according to a recent study by the Workplace Bullying Institute in Bellingham Washington.  

And an article in the July, 2011 edition of the  Canadian Business Magazine  mentions a new book on the subject. Written by Dr. Gary Namie this newest book on the subject is called The Bully-Free Workplace: Stop Jerks, Weasels, and Snakes from Killing Your Organization.

Bullying sounds like a serious threat doesn’t it?

Bullying is series and takes its toll on organizations and the people who work in them.

Bullies can be found at all levels of our organizations and they create a toxic climate A Jan 2011 survey by the Bullying Institute found that 35% of Americans are bullied at work.

It’s worse when the boss is the bully and based on research by the Workplace Bullying Institute we now know that 72% of those who demonstrate bullying behavior are in fact bosses.

Something that I did not know is that most workplace bullies are “sponsored”:

“Managers who bully their workers have most likely been encouraged, explicitly or implicitly, to manage the way they do.”

In Canada bullying is illegal in Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan. In these provinces bullying is considered a health hazard.

I think that it is commendable that these provinces are taking a lead in dealing with this issue. But who is ultimately responsible for stopping the bad behavior?

According to Namie, “bullying is not an HR issue. It’s a leadership challenge.”

Maybe it is time to take another look at the cause of the problem and how we might go about stamping it out!

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