In some cases a behaviour that is perceived to be inappropriate and bullying is nothing more than one person being oblivious to the impact they are unintentionally having on someone else. In other situations the bullying behaviour has become a habitual and in some cases, vicious power play that creates an ongoing toxic atmosphere in the workplace.

“As mediators who specialize in working with large complex conflicts in dysfunctional situations, we recognize the challenges in trying to sort out what is personal perception, what is rhetoric, what is rumour and what is the actual reality of what happens on a day to day operational basis. Individual’s intent and other’s reactions are a big part of what leads to the problem,” Ruth Sirman, Mediator and Workplace Conflict Expert, explains.

Career implications, stress, frustration, fear of repercussions and uncertainty about how the organization will deal with the situation can create high levels of distraction and bring productivity to a halt. Anti-harassment policies and legislation are designed to provide a framework to deal with workplace bullying, violence and harassment and are becoming more prevalent as ways to help employees deal with conflict.

Courtesy: Workplace Violence News

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