3 Smart Ways to Stop Workplace Bullying

Posted by Sam Keshavarz

March 4, 2016

How to stop workplace bullying

Workplace bullying has been in the spotlight over the last few years. While bulling itself isn't illegal, the passage of AB 2053 (effective Jan, 2015) means sexual harassment training must include training on the prevention of abusive conduct.

As you know, training alone can't stop workplace bullying. To help you close the gap to prevent abusive conduct in the workplace, here are 3 smart tips you can use to stop workplace bullying.

1. Show them how hurtful workplace bullying can be.

Take a look around your office. Any co-workers you find yourself nervously tip-toeing around just to avoid dealing with their outbursts or cruel conversations? Sounds like you’ve most likely located the office bully. To drive the point home, watch and share this clip of a female manager emotionally abusing her female employee.  Did you know that 80 percent of women that are bullied end up losing their jobs, and 41 percent suffer clinical depression? 



2. Make them aware of their emotionally hurtful tone.

When dealing with abusive conduct or bullying of any kind in the office, try making the person aware of their tone of voice.  Something as simple as “Before we discuss this, please lower your voice and speak to me in a professional tone without the personal comments.  Could you please do that for me first?” You’ll be surprised how effective communicating this request clearly and politely can be.   

3. Show them more video examples of abusive workplace conduct.

Have your colleagues take a free Preventing Harassment demo course and show them some clear video examples of how simple it can be to avoid making hurtful or abusive statements and create a respectful and diverse workplace.



The passing of bill AB 2053 can only benefit the workplace, but it’s just as nice to see workplace bullying naturally declining these days. We owe some of this decline to millennials. Culturally, millennials have been educated on bullying in schools and have experienced a different parenting style than prior generations.  

This evolution in upbringing has helped improve the level of respect in the workplace due to increased expectations for courteous and egalitarian communication. The days of a senior manager raking a junior colleague over the coals and verbally shredding the person are slowly coming to an end.

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Topics: HR, HR Compliance, Talent Management, People Skills