March 23, 2022 – There are no benefits to bullying in the workplace – not to the people suffering it or the employees witnessing it, and not to the company’s bottom line. It does not make organizations more competitive, weed out the weak, or give anyone an edge.
It cannot be justified as “just the way things are done” or by the idea that because some workers dealt with it, everyone should, that it’s a kind of “paying dues.” More and more employees are recognizing that. Right now, we’re in the midst of a “great resignation” that’s driven in part by people no longer tolerating toxic workplaces.
With fewer employees willing to buy into cultures that enable bullying – and a growing cohort of workplace leaders learning, perhaps the hard way, that it’s in their best interest to root it out – change is possible. At the heart of this change is building an environment where bullies of any kind are understood to be unacceptable.