This week our absolute favorite friend and partner, ej4, wrote a blog on workplace bullying after the incident with Miami Dolphins guard, Richie Incognito. It was SO good that we decided to share a few important steps to cover your workplace from bullying.
Refresh Company Policies – You must make sure every employee has a clear understanding of your company’s stance on workplace bullying, discrimination and harassment. Define what is, and what isn’t workplace bullying, and what to do if they see it happening.
Make it Known – In communicating your policy, be sure to list the steps for reporting bullying as well as explain the disciplinary process. Bullying is a serious offense that will continue to spiral out of control if it’s not stopped immediately. Whether it’s you receiving the abuse, or you witness it, follow company protocol and report the matter to management or HR.
Stop it – Management must act quickly once workplace bullying has been reported. Enforce the policies and take the necessary steps to squash the matter and deal with the offending employee, or employees.
As ej4 highlights, this was unfortunate incident with the Dolphins organization should be an eye-opener to not just the NFL, but other organizations as well (including ours). To protect your organization, we recommending viewing a wide range of anti-harassment.
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