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Prevent Bullying in the Workplace

Posted by: Sandy Van Vleck, Membership Services on Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 8:00:00 am

The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission estimates that 75% of all workplace harassment incidents go unreported. Oftentimes this occurs because the would-be-reporter is afraid of retaliation. In other words, the ‘kill the messenger’ syndrome is alive and well in bullying, as it is in sexual harassment.

Workplace bullying leads to absenteeism, a higher turnover rate (which sometimes goes unexplained because most bullying goes unreported), loss of productivity, and inevitably, your bottom line.

As an employer, you have a responsibility to your employees. Not only is it the right thing to do, but you have a legal duty to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of your employees—and that includes protection from bullying and harassment. With offensive behavior affecting workers at every level of a company, it's something for bosses to take seriously.

When it comes to workplace harassment, making the victim feel safe and empowered is very important. Taking steps to improve workplace culture will increase the success, well-being, and health of your team, and an employee action hotline is a step in the right direction. This should not only increase people’s likelihood of reporting incidents, but also make the reports more accurate and effective. This should make it more likely that action is taken against aggressors and not ignored.

A hotline will provide your employees with:

• Confidentially, a key part of the reporting process
• More than one avenue for reporting
• Freedom from retaliation

CEA now offers an Employee Action Hotline—learn more about how it can help you protect your employees and your company.

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