Oct 19 2016
How to avoid bulling behaviour in the workplace

One of the most difficult tasks for a manager is to ensure that their employees are performing to a high standard and that instances of stress, underperformance, absence and bullying in the workplace are dealt with correctly. Our one-day performance management training course is ideal for line managers and those supporting them in dealing with cases of poor employee performance.

It is rare for people to consciously behave unpleasantly towards their colleagues. However, issues arise when people change their behaviors and actions without thinking of the impact on others. Setting a good example and creating a positive environment can help avoid bullying behavior in the workplace.

How to avoid it

Follow this simple best practice guide and you are less likely to experience harassment and victimisation in the organisation:

  • Ensure you recognise that power usually sits at the top, it can be abused very easily.
  • Cultivate a culture of self-awareness and empathy. Managers should be self-critical about how they come across and adjust their behaviour accordingly – it is part of the management brief to ensure there’s a content and productive workplace.
  • Seek first to understand. Operate from a position of openness and understanding around other people’s points of view and be open in your communications.
  • Don’t be afraid to set targets that stretch people and acknowledge that 100% success all the time is unrealistic.
  • Praise people for what they achieve rather than punish or criticise them for where they may fall short. Play to their strengths whilst supporting them to learn and develop.
  • Give people a safe place to share concerns such as the HR Manager or a counselling help line and support people in its use. Coaching and mentoring can also be suitable for this purpose and can help people grow their assertiveness and confidence levels
  • If things don’t go to plan, make sure there are mechanisms in place for correcting them and act quickly

Managing difficult situations

Our Managing underperformance, absence and stress course will give you an understanding of the best practice for dealing with potentially difficult and sensitive issues such as bullying in the workplace, stress, poor performance and absence. On the course you will be encouraged to look at your own experiences as well as case studies to show how you can apply what you learn into the work place.

Interested in learning more? For more information take a look at our Managing underperformance, absence and stress course or browse our other management courses. 

Commenting is not available in this channel entry.