What Can We Do To Combat Bullying? - CiteHR
Dinesh Divekar
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Abedeen7
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Rajsawster
Hr Specialist - Policy,compehsation &
Rashidmusa
Compensation And Policy
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Hello Friends,

I want to draw your attention to the most important problem HR is facing today in India because most of Employers, Managers, Executives are applying pressure tactice on employees for good results:

Bullying is more common than you might think.


A recent survey found that 80% of respondents had some experience of being the victim of bullying with a third claiming that the resulting stress was so severe that it caused them to contemplate suicide.

Stress was most rampant in the youngest age bracket of 18-24 year olds.
And over a third felt unable to tell their managers of the problem.
And over half were unwilling to open up to their fellow workmates.

Over fifty percent were the victim of bullying from their manager and nearly half the bullying emanated from clients.

The occupation of respondents had a significant role to play.

In excess of forty per cent of IT professionals, retailers, caterers and engineers did not feel they were given the necessary support. This contrasts with more than fifty per cent of health, education and banking workers who did feel they were afforded enough support.

Job-related stress has a serious and unrecognised impact on the health of the nation and the economy, affecting concentration and efficiency.

Noone thinks of employee's problem and we HR must pay attention to bring to the notice of managment effects of bullying....

How to deal with important issue...

Regards

Rashid

Hi Rashid Bhai,

Unfortunately its true that most of the managements are applying this as part of strategy which is not good practice to make life of employees hell, Here is solution to this problem:

Introduce a Anti-Bullying Policy making it clear that it will not be tolerated. Educate managers on what is and is not bullying. Consider management training in communication skills and coaching.

Listen to both sides of the story – often the truth is somewhere in the middle and is due to misunderstanding and miscommunication. Consider bringing a mediator in to resolve difficulties between team members. Try to avoid bringing disciplinary proceedings in at this stage – it usually makes matters worse, with both parties suffering more stress. Offer stress counselling to victims of bullying which incorporates confidence building and assertiveness skills into the sessions.

I hope you will be satisfied with this answer.

Regards

Abraham

Hi Rashid,
Gre8 Thinking,
First time an eye opener on such basic HR issues, which most of us facing but did not care for.
This is unfortunate but its true and fully agree with Mr.Abraham
Regards
Partho

these kind of approach is seen mostly in mediocre companies where most of the Managers are comming from unprofessional Baniya kind of organizations who believe exploitation of man, machine, money and material is productivity instead of professionally managed enviornment.

Such Mangers made life of staff difficult with their attitude and bulying,.\\

Raj

Hi All,
What I have heard is managers bullying their subordinates to get extra work or force staff to perform out of the jurisdictions of his/her job description.
But in my organisation mangers have been bullied by thier subordinate staffs by getting forceful leaves, daily short leaves, or hurling insulting remarks to thier manager and many more
What i make out of this that managers are week and have poor leadership qualitues.
Two pronged strategy is needed 1) coach the manager 2) take disciplinary action against the subordinate staff on account of misconduct.
Your comments please.
Munir

Dear Munir,

This is a classic case of tail wagging a dog!

You have given the reasons however, there are few other reasons as well. Problems of this kind happen when:

a) Managers lack authority. There is no empowerment to speak of. For everything they start telling, I will talk "_____".

b) Weak leadership at the top. They allowed this kind of culture to foster. At times top boss starts gives dressing down to managers in front of everybody.

c) Remuneration is not as per market standards. You get very low quality people who are ready to work for very low salaries. In such cases, companies have perennial manpower shortage. Staffs knows this and they take undue advantage of it.

d) Staffs start bullying because of patronage by external factors like trade union etc.

Ok...

Dinesh V Divekar

Hi All,

What I have heard is managers bullying their subordinates to get extra work or force staff to perform out of the jurisdictions of his/her job description.

But in my organisation mangers have been bullied by thier subordinate staffs by getting forceful leaves, daily short leaves, or hurling insulting remarks to thier manager and many more

What i make out of this that managers are week and have poor leadership qualitues.

Two pronged strategy is needed 1) coach the manager 2) take disciplinary action against the subordinate staff on account of misconduct.

Your comments please.

Munir

Dear All,

Greetings of the day!

I believe bulling and harassment is very common in most of the companies not only in India but across the globe. Generally new employees face by the old employees and senior do to their juniors.

The companies should ensure anti bulling and harassment mechanism is in placed like policy, committee and procedures. The manager should be educated as violation of policy is against the code of conduct of the company. I donít believe this is enough to eradicate this.

The employee or the sufferer role is very crucial as the percentage of reporting and hence proved cases is very low. They should be strong enough physically and mentally to face the situations as they are in the real world and they should not expect that someone will help them at every step.

They should learn to tackle the situations and should report the incident to the authorities. There is very less chance that action is taken unless the issue is very grave.

I am not saying that employer has no role in this. Employer should be committed to provide a better working environment and employer should be strong enough to face situation with patience.

You all may not agree with my view and I writing from my past experience as I was a victim of this in my first company and later prepared anti bulling and harassment policy for them.

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