I am writing in response to the article in your last issue about bullying at work and would like to share my views on this matter.
First and foremost, workplace bullying is any persistent hostile or unfair behavior that has a negative effect on a colleague’s mental or physical wellbeing. In other words, this includes making unnecessarily critical or insulting remarks or even refusing to give somebody help or advice. Apart from that, as the article stressed, workplace bullying can have serious consequences. Therefore, it is vital for victims to help themselves.
What is more, the first step should be to talk to the bully. If this has no effect, the victim should keep a record of the bully’s unreasonable behavior by, for example, making notes and keeping any incriminating emails or memos. Needless to say, this evidence can prove very useful if the victim decides to report the bullying to a manager or union representative. Furthermore, employers should also take drastic measures to prevent bullying. For instance, they could provide information to staff about the problem and make it clear to managers what their responsibilities and duties are with regard to bullying. Last but not least, by combating steps such as these, employers and victims can surely help to stamp out bullying at work
I hope to see this letter in print in a forthcoming edition of your magazine. Hopefully it will stimulate debate and the problem facing the youth in our area will be alleviated. Yours