Bullying in The Workplace
BUS600: Management Communications with Technology Tools
Instructor: Chiji Ohayia
February 08, 2016
Bullying in the workplace has become a problem and there are more and more incidents occurring on a daily basis. According to Wiedmer “workplace bullying is the repeated, health-harming mistreatment of one or more persons (the targets) by one or more perpetrators that takes one or more of the following forms: verbal abuse; offensive conduct/behaviors (including nonverbal) which are threatening, humiliating, or intimidating; and work interference—sabotage—which prevents work from getting done.” (Wiedmer, 2010) Bullying is not only a problem among ...view middle of the document...
So unless people are more willing to speak out about this matter and try to solve the problem it will just continue.
When I was a manager at a restaurant there was workplace bullying going on, it was mostly among the younger generation so it was easier to “nip in the bud.” According to Wiedmer, to reduce workplace bullying effectively, employees need to know that they are supported. (Wiedmer, 2010) For example John (I am changing names to protect the privacy of the people) had been working there for over a year, and then we hired Peter and trained him to do the same job. John then began criticizing Peter for everything he did and picking at him and making Peter upset. Peter never came to me and told me but I could see what John was doing. One day I pulled John into the office and told him what he was doing was wrong, and if he continued with this behavior there would be disciplinary action. So for a few weeks things seemed to have died down to my knowledge. I overheard a few employees talking about how John was threatening Peter again. I then asked Peter to come into the office and explain what was going on, he refused telling me he had three children he had to support and it would be fine. I told him John’s actions were unacceptable and I was going to have to do something about it, John was suspended for three days and when he came back the bullying stopped. “Elimination of workplace bullying is the responsibility of all employees; however, senior...