What can an employer do to prevent bullying in the workplace?

Author: Jill Gormley, Strong and Clear Communications

An employer should develop and implement a written policy against workplace bullying stating that the employer has zero tolerance for such abusive and hostile behavior. The policy should be incorporated into the employee handbook and distributed and explained to all employees.

An employer should train supervisors, managers and employees on the policy and to be sensitive and respectful to others. An employer should be transparent and specific about the types of behavior that the employer will not tolerate. The policy should be strictly enforced and uniformly applied across the employer's workforce.

An employer should designate an individual or committee to receive complaints, protect any complainant from continued abuse and maintain the confidentiality of any complaint to the greatest extent possible. An employer should implement an open door policy that encourages reporting of any bullying experienced or witnessed.