Bullying Hurts Everyone and It Also Hurts the Bottom LineBy: Susan Dunn
If you own the business, or manage, your mind may be filled with financial reports and marketing data, but underneath it all, you know your people are your most important asset. The success of your business depends upon your ability to attract and keep the best, and to keep them functioning at their best.
It’s hard to function at your best in an unpleasant environment, and more and more employees are complaining of “bullying” in the workplace. While it sounds like a truism to say “happy workers produce more,” it’s plaing common sense that people who aremiserable, afraid and preoccupied do not.
Read these statistics on bullying, and then take a look at your work place. If the numbers are down, and you’re losing good employees, and the best are not applying at your place, it could be you've got bullying going on, and are getting the reputation of being a bad place to work.
As the economy turns around, people are going to have choices.
If you think there's bullying going on, or know there is (get the blinders off), there's something you can do about it. Introduce an Emotional Intelligence program. It’s well-received and it works.
And beyond humanitarian reasons, it’s been shown that having such a program in place before incidents take place is looked upon favorably by juries in lawsuits.
From the US Hostile Workplace Survey, 2000. About mobbing, bullying and harassment, Jim Landgraf, president of Education Testing Service said: "We don't see $8 billion worth of antidepressants in this country for nothing. The corporate culture is so accepting of these kinds of aggressive actions, it’s not going to go away.”
© copyright, Susan Dunn, 2004
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