More and more victims of workplace bullying are coming out and sharing their stories. Some even become advocates of anti-workplace bullying programs, while a few have maximized the wide reach of the internet to share words of wisdom to other victims.
An Australian employee who used to work in a bottle shop in Toowoomba mustered up enough courage to share his story in the Chronicle and also encouraged other people who experienced being bullied at work, to “speak up” and “speak loud.” This was what he learned to do as he previously went through verbally abusive days, harassment, mob bullying and discrimination.
The bully victim also questioned the six month time frame in filing bullying claims in Australia, stating that the effect of workplace bullying doesn’t only last within that period. It goes on well after the negative experience happened and something that may very well haunt the victim all throughout his or her life.
In the article, the workplace bullying victim stressed that other people who witnessed the work place bully or bullies behaving negatively should also take a stand and that people should not tolerate it. The impassioned call for action is very timely given the rising number of workplace bullying. Needless to say, the abusive behavior of bullies is also very damaging, not only to the victims but to the organization as well, as it will ultimately affect productivity and company profits.
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Chief Executive Officer, Company President or Business Head are just some of the position titles that top honchos in organizations hold. These individuals are the top decision makers in companies, what they decide to do can make or break organizations. They are responsible for many things such as the growth of the company, ensuring positive profit levels are achieved and attending to other business related issues. However, one area which some bosses don’t notice or prioritize, is creating a positive work culture that is a conducive to productivity.
It doesn’t matter whether the size of the business that a boss is handling is huge or small, these top decision makers should also ensure that the working environment in their companies are positive, and that includes dealing with workplace bullying. Unfortunately there are some bosses who are also afraid of confronting the bully or are turning a blind eye to the negative behaviors. Some may even think that if they don’t address the problem, then the persons involved in the abusive situation would sort things out on their own. However, this is the wrong approach.
Bosses who are involved in creating a positive culture at work or advocates of anti-workplace bullying stand to gain more from employees. This ultimately will affect the business since employees who are not subjected to a toxic working environment are more creative and productive. This is just one of the important responsibilities that business owners or top bosses should place importance on and not just company profits.
To borrow a phrase from Spiderman, “With great power comes great responsibility.”’
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