It is critical that the workplace bullying policy aligns with existing policies so that workers are not confused or do not play one policy against the other.
Nothing beats face-to-face interactions, even in the age of the Internet. Set expectations that the policy will be followed without exception.
A policy without consequences, whether positive or negative, is like a dog without teeth.
The contents of a workplace bullying policy should spell out which behaviors will not be tolerated (e.g.
physical abuse, verbal abuse, email stalking, etc.) and then identify how incidents are to be reported and how they will be handled by the organization.
In this era of fiscal austerity, lean processes and quests for higher productivity, there is no place at any organization to waste time, talent and resources by having to spend precious organizational and managerial resources on anything unrelated to achieving the mission and strategies of the organization.
These steps also represent ways to make your workplace psychologically and physically safer for all employees.
Do not disclose individual information but focus on organization-wide results.
These five concrete actions to prevent workplace bullying make good business sense.
Martin is the director of the Health Sector Management MBA Concentration and Associate Professor in the College of Commerce at De Paul University in Chicago, Ill., and practices at Aequus Wealth Management. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), tree, grass and weed pollen, mold spores, dust mites, cockroaches, and cat dog and rodent dander are among the most common allergies Americans face.