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How to Prevent Bullying in Your International Workplace

Posted by Allison Baker

June 8, 2016

 How to Prevent Bullying in the International Workplace

In a recent survey, Emtrain asked which workplace issue employers were most worried about. Of those polled, 67% named workplace bullying as the workplace issue that concerned them the most.

Even though many countries still don’t have anti-bullying laws in place, workplace bullying remains a trending international workplace issue.

According to the Healthy Workplace Campaign, workplace bullying is defined as repeated health-harming mistreatment that takes one or more of the following forms:

  • Verbal abuse.

  • Offensive behaviors that are threatening, humiliating, or intimidating.

  • Work interference or sabotage that prevents work from getting done.

Illegal or not, workplace bullying kills productivity, damages your employer brand, and can even lead to costly lawsuits, depending on the discrimination and harassment laws in your country.

In a recent webinar with international employment law expert and DLA Piper partner, Ute Krudewagen, Ute also identified workplace bullying as a common issue for international workplaces.

Here are a few ways to prevent bullying in your international workplace:

1. Show employees examples of workplace bullying

A great way to illustrate how harmful bullying can be is to show a video example of workplace bullying. In this shareable clip, a female manager demoralizes an employee in a way that is verbally abusive.


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2. Coach employees on appropriate workplace communication

When an employee exhibits bullying behavior, it’s important to coach them on how to communicate in a tone that isn’t emotionally abusive. Requesting calmly and politely that they use a professional tone without any personal comments can go a long way in preventing workplace bullying and conflict.

3. Train employees on abusive conduct and bullying behavior

Many regions in the U.S. and Canada now have laws requiring training on abusive conduct and workplace violence. Even if the country you operate in doesn’t require training, it’s a best practice to train your team to identify and prevent abusive workplace conduct.

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Topics: HR, workplace harassment, Employment Law, international employment law, workplace bullying