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Almost half of workers feel bullied at work

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HRM CA | 06 Sep 2012, 09:00 AM Agree 0
Bullying is one of the top issues facing HR, but the problem may be more widespread than previously thought with almost half of Canadian workers saying they’ve felt bullied at work
  • LP | 07 Sep 2012, 02:23 AM Agree 0
    The title of this article is misleading. More than half of workers feel bullied at work is very different from half of Canadian workers have at one time or another felt bullied.

    While bullying in the workplace is an issue that has to be tackled by HR, supervisors in the workplace should be held accountable for addressing problematic behaviour. Human Resources tend to be informed of concerns and get involved once the situation has been going on for some time, or if the situation is critical. However, the zero tolerance approach has to be supported by managers who are on the front lines and who have to demonstrate that bullying is not acceptable and will be addressed right away.
  • AB | 11 Sep 2012, 04:04 AM Agree 0
    Interesting - as a HR professional independently investigating "bullying allegations" - it often times has come out that the employees have issues with being performance managed which in term when does not work for them - they interpret as bullying. I think the issue is that managers often need clear guidelines on performance management conversations and documentation requirements so that this provides clear cut evidence in these situations with little room for subjective interpretation of the situation.
  • Gemma Gomba | 12 Sep 2012, 11:20 AM Agree 0
    Is there a fine line between showing authority, being firm and bullying as a manager? The approach, words used in communicating make a manager a bully. Is lack of self awareness a factor or an excuse? lack of people skills? The impact of all these classifies a manager as a bully.
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