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Bullying in the Workplace

Published Monday, October 29, 2018
by Sandy Van Vleck, Member Services

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 and 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.

Make Your Employees Feel Safe. 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. Hotlines increase people’s likelihood of reporting incidents, and also make the reports more accurate and effective.

A hotline will provide your employees with:

• Confidentially, a key part of the reporting process
• Another avenue for reporting (in addition to an open door policy)
• 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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