Bloomberg Anywhere Remote Login Bloomberg Terminal Demo Request


Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.


Financial Products

Enterprise Products


Customer Support

  • Americas

    +1 212 318 2000

  • Europe, Middle East, & Africa

    +44 20 7330 7500

  • Asia Pacific

    +65 6212 1000


Industry Products

Media Services

Follow Us

Bloomberg Customers

Workplace Bullying

Posted by: Rod Kurtz on July 20, 2009

Bullying has found its way into the workplace. This behavior is an ongoing problem that creates feelings of defenselessness in the target and undermines an individual’s right to dignity at work. This abuse or misuse of power includes behavior that intimidates, degrades, offends, or humiliates a worker. It often happens in front of others.

What can an employer do about this problem?

1. Create a zero tolerance anti-bullying policy.

2. When brought to your attention, address the bullying behavior immediately.

Reporting it should be strongly encouraged; complaints need to be taken seriously.

1. Hold awareness and prevention sessions for everyone on what bullying is.

2. Ensure that managers play an active role in what goes on within their departments.

3. Encourage open-door policies.

4. Clearly demonstrate commitment from the top about what is and what is not acceptable behavior.

Employees should do/know the following:

1. Identify what is going on. Recognize that you are being bullied and are not the source of the problem.

2. Understand that bullying is about control and power, not performance.

3. Document in detail occurrences with dates, times, places, what was said or done, and who was present at the time.

4. Work with your employer or trusted advocate to solve the problem.

No one needs to put up with a bully’s behavior. If you or someone you work with is being bullied, do something about it both for yourself and for those around you. Everyone should have the benefit of a healthy workplace.

Mallary Tytel
President and Founder
Healthy Workplaces
Sioux Falls, S.D.

Post a comment



Want to improve the way you run your business? Entrepreneurs, academics, and consultants from diverse industries offer practical advice on a variety of topics each business day.

To submit a tip for consideration, first check our archive of previous tips to make sure you're not repeating a tip someone has already contributed. Then send the tip to Small Business channel contributor Michelle Dammon Loyalka. Because of the volume of material she receives, she may not respond to each individual.

BW Mall - Sponsored Links

Buy a link now!