Like many victims of abuse, your staff will probably be reluctant to report any episodes of bullying behaviour. One of their biggest concerns will be that they won’t be believed or their career prospects will be damaged if they report a workplace bully.
This situation is made worse in smaller organisations where there are very few staff.
Victims of workplace bullying commonly feel embarrassed about the situation and, of course, they will feel anxious, fearful and very vulnerable.
Make sure you treat reports of bullying behaviour with diplomacy, empathy and timeliness. Remember, we deal with these issues regularly so don’t hesitate to call us for advice on the actions you need to take.