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Indicative studies point out that every tenth employee in Danish workplaces reports that they have been exposed to bullying. In addition, every fourth employee reports that they have witnessed bullying.
Bullying is a severe burden for the person being bullied, but also for the workplace and the colleagues who witness the bullying. It can thus have major consequences for the psychological working environment and thus the company's overall working environment and culture.
In this article, we will therefore discuss how your workplace can end bullying.
Bullying is persistent abuse of others in the workplace. The Danish Occupational Safety and Health Administration uses the term, offensive actions, as a collective term for actions where one or more people in the company are exposed to bullying, sexual harassment or other degrading behaviour.
The Danish Working Environment Authority describes bullying in this way: "This is bullying when one or more persons regularly and over a long period of time - or repeatedly in a gross manner - exposes one or more other persons to offensive actions that the person concerned perceives as hurtful or degrading. However, the offending acts only become bullying when the persons against whom they are directed are unable to defend themselves effectively against them.”
Bullying in the workplace is often caused by the following:
If the workplace does not solve the problems in these situations, it can result in exclusion processes and thus end in bullying. Bullying in the workplace can, among other things, be expressed through:
It is crucial for the company's psychological working environment and culture that the management staff intervenes if it discovers bullying in the workplace. Below you will find 10 good tips on how you can get rid of bullying in your organisation:
In recent years, bullying has also started to take place online, which is why digital bullying takes place in a number of workplaces. This can be particularly problematic, as the bullied employee no longer has any “safe space" anywhere and the person therefore experiences being shamed constantly, both in front of employees, family, friends and acquaintances.
It is therefore essential that your company cracks down on bullying and implements a culture with associated guidelines that prevent bullying in the workplace and on digital platforms.
If you would like to learn more about how to establish a healthy work environment, you can read this article:
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