Bullying in the workplace. It’s one of the most common stressors among employees but often not talked about as much. It’s either they’re too afraid to speak up, or fear of losing their jobs. Most people would rather keep it in secret, hoping that the bully/bullies would eventually tire themselves. That isn’t the case most of the time.
You’ve got to take action. Whether you’re the victim, a colleague, and the boss. Workplace bullying is never acceptable.
For the business: productivity, staff retention and morale plummet. For the target: their physical and psychological safety is compromised, their work suffers, and they may end up leaving or even suing the company (or, as in my case, they may end up in hospital with PTSD-type symptoms).
The cost to a business by having just a single bully in their midst can be astronomical. There’s lost time, increased worker compensation claims, a climate of fear in which quality of work suffers, damage to reputation (so it’s harder to attract quality staff) and a huge drop in overall productivity. It’s estimated that the annual cost to the Australian economy resulting from workplace bullying, for example, might be as high as $36 billion. That’s a HUGE number.
The average employer costs per case run between and $17,000 and $24,000. Legal penalties can jump into the millions. So anti-bullying training and effective workplace culture strategies aren’t just ‘nice to have’ – these days, they’re a financial survival necessity for every business.
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