Social Bullying at Work
Over 91% of employees felt that their organisation did not deal with the consequences of social bullying.
Social exclusion or social bullying is a more subtle form of bullying than physical bullying. A poll by the CIPD suggested that almost 66% of employees felt that the bullying they suffered was social, for example:
- being excluded,
- feeling isolated or ignored by their colleagues
- unacceptable criticisms
The consequences of social bullying can cause a direct impact on employee productivity and performance. Employers have a duty to promote a safe, healthy and fair environment in which people can work together.
Employers may not be aware that a colleague is feeling alienated. So along with looking for visible signs of stress, it is important for line managers to pay attention to workplace interactions, working relationships between staff and areas of possible conflict.
In many cases, social exclusion can be tackled with a quiet conversation between both parties, however, employers should always have a structured conflict management strategy in place.
If you would like support and guidance on dealing with workplace bullying or if you would like us to draft a policy to deal with bullying and harassment at work, please contact one of the ELiAction team on 01494 817193 or email us
Find out more about the law covering workplace bullying from GOV.UK: workplace bullying and harassment
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