Psychology at Work: Five ways to tackle workplace bullying

How can organisations prevent bullying in the workplace, or deal with it when it happens?

Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

'The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man'. If ever there was a mantra for the organisational bully, then George Bernard Shaw provided it. This of course is brought to mind with the allegations of Gordon Brown bullying his staff at Number 10. Bullies at work will rationalise their behaviour in any number of ways: 'My standards are high'/ 'I won’t accept poor quality work'/ 'I am a better manager than others you have had'. All these statements can of course be used by people who treat others with respect and decency. But the bully needs them to justify to him or herself that their behaviour is a result of a positive motive. There are some straightforward steps that an organisation can take to tackle bullying... [CLICK HERE TO READ MORE AND COMMENT]

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