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Instructor: Beth Hendricks

Beth holds a master's degree in integrated marketing communications, and has worked in journalism and marketing throughout her career.

Putting a workplace bullying policy into writing can help prevent untoward behaviors and protect victimized employees. In this lesson, you'll learn more about the importance of having a workplace bullying policy and some possible inclusions in that policy.

Workplace Bullying Policy

Maybe you thought you left bullying behaviors behind when you stepped off the playground for the last time. The fact is, bullying doesn't stop just because its school-age association does. Workplace bullying, or the repeated mistreatment of an individual in the form of verbal abuse or abusive conduct and behavior, affects one in four employees. Unfortunately, while it may have been easy to spot the bully on the playground, workplace bullying is typically harder to spot. Often, it's performed subtly and slowly, away from the everyday view of those with the power to stop it.

The Workplace Bullying Institute, in addition to providing action plans for employees being bullied, also prepares resources for employers looking to combat the problem of workplace bullying. One of those recommendations is the implementation of a written policy that addresses the behaviors. Let's take a closer look at what a workplace bullying policy should look like.

Building a Bullying Policy

Your workplace likely has a variety of policies on the books to protect both the business and the employees; so, why not include an anti-bullying policy as well? Creating a policy for how a company will investigate, deal with, and potentially reprimand individuals who are bullying their colleagues sends the following messages:

  • The company is committed to a healthful workplace, free of bullying practices
  • The company has set procedures for handling complaints of bullying
  • The company takes seriously allegations of bullying and related behaviors

Creating a workplace bullying policy does not have to be an arduous process. Here are some components to consider including when crafting your own document.

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