BUS600 Week 5 Assignment
BUS600 Week 5 Assignment
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Running head WORKPLACE BULLYING The Impact of Workplace Bullying Name BUS 600 Management Communications with Technology Tools Dr March 9 2015 WORKPLACE BULLYING The Impact of Workplace Bullying I prepared to write this paper by re ecting back on times when I saw workplace bullying and the affects it had on the individuals involved According to the Workforce Bullying Institute WBI workplace bullying is the repeated healthharming mistreatment of one or more persons the targets by one or more perpetrators that takes one or more of the following forms verbal abuse offensive conductbehaviors including nonverbal which are threatening humiliating or intimidating and work interference sabotage which prevents work from getting done Definition of Workplace Bullying para 1 In this paper I will provide a review of the 2011 article entitled Workplace Bullying Costly and Preventable describing the impact of workplace bullying on the victims and the organization along with personal experiences where I witnessed workplace bullying I will conclude with the recommendation of two techniques from the article that can be implemented in workplace bullying Workplace bullying as described by Wiedmer 2011 is a pervasive practice by malicious individuals who seek power control domination and subjugation The impacts of workplace bullying can be seen with low morale low production and can even lead to health issues to the targeted individual in the terms of cardiovascular problems such as hypertension strokes and even heart attacks These health issues will lead to a person calling off work which again leads to lower production The Workforce Bullying Institute reports that 61 of bullying occurs within the same gender and 71 of female bullies target other women Bullies typically target individuals they perceive to pose a threat Targets were reportedly better liked had more social skills likely possessed higher emotional intelligence and were appreciated by colleagues customers and management for the warmth and care they brought to the workplace WORKPLACE BULLYING Wiedmer 2011 Workplace bullying is also a form of destructive messaging Destructive messages take many forms including those used to harass others Sexual harassment comments racial remarks and statements about another person s intellectual level or body type hurt co workers Destructive messages belittle the other person Baack 2012 pg 269 In order to prevent or stop workplace bullying Serial violators need to be identified and stopped in their tracks Policies rules and practices must be in place to make workplaces safe and conducive to workers producing at peak levels Wiedmer 2011 Employers have an ethical and moral responsibility to promote a healthy work environment free from bullying Management needs to set clear concise guidelines to employees that bullying will not be tolerated and that there will be repercussions to anyone found to be violating the organizations policy on workplace bullying Weidmer 2011 states To reduce workplace bullying effectively employees need to know that they are supported The bottom line is that the employer39s return on investment is dependent on the work produced in the workplace If work is not completed successfully in a business finances will suffer and the losses will inspire management to make adjustments In my military career I had witnessed workplace bullying Typically it was a person of higher rank bullying a subordinate Bullying is typically a series of calculated incidents that accumulate over time carefully planned and executed by the bully to avoid legal grounds for grievance or disciplinary actions Wiedmer 2011 In one instance an individual was repeatedly given extra duties while others of the same rank and lower were allowed to sit around and finish their day relaxing The individual was not being punished for anything other than the WORKPLACE BULLYING supervisor in charge did not like him In the military a lower ranking person is less likely to bring the situations up for fear of retaliation even though there are policies and regulations prohibiting this type of behavior In another situation it was a commander of an organization who was bullying one of his subordinates The commander would belittle this person in front of other members of the organization and make the lower ranked individual stay back and manage the squadron while the commander and others would go out and play golf Little did the commander know but this individual was not afraid to bring up the bullying behavior The person kept vivid notes of times and dates and eventually brought up the behavior to the commanders superiors The superiors took action and the commander was relieved of his duties In that example the individual saw no other way to get the commander to be held accountable The individual used the system for how it was intended Things do not always work out that way in the civilian world though from speaking to other individuals who have witnessed workplace bullying Workplace bullying can not only hurt an organizations employee but it also can re ect on the finances by lower production Managers need to take a proactive stance against workplace bullying and set high standards They also need to be supportive of the victims Address reported or suspected bullying directly A tremendous disconnect often occurs between what employees and employers believe to be the existence and degree of workplace bullying Wiedmer 201 1 WORKPLACE BULLYING References Wiedmer T L 2011 Workplace bullying Costly and preventable Delta Kappa Gamma Bulletin 772 3541 Retrieved from http searchproquestcomdocview 8492321 17accountid32521 Workplace Bullying Institute 2014 The WBI definition of workplace bullying Retrieved from httpWWWWorkplacebullvingorgindividualsDroblemdefinition Baack D 2012 Management communication San Diego CA Bridgepoint Education Inc
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