I’ve always operated on the premise that most people on most days are half-way decent human beings.
Over the years I have delivered hundreds of workshops that, at their core, are about workplace respect. They typically have one of these words/phrases in their titles: Civility, Respect, Difficult Behaviors, Professionalism, Harassment, or Discrimination.
It’s common when delivering one of these workshops for someone to challenge my half-way decent human beings premise. They tell me stories of that one person who is nowhere near the half-way decent standard. They describe a monster.
As we discuss the situation, we eventually settle on just one word to describe the behavior: Bullying.
When it happens, it destroys lives and can tear your organization to shreds.
Because it’s so serious, I’ve led workshops to help participants know what they can do when faced with a workplace bully. If a workshop isn’t in the cards for your organization, you might find value in this eight-part series of articles I’ve written on the topic. Here they are in order.
- Defining the problem
- Understanding the problem
- Response options
- Change your thinking
- Confront the bully
- Report the problem
- Leave the situation
- Defend your coworkers
If you know of bullying in your workplace and want some ideas about how to address it, start with #1 and work your way through the series. I’d also welcome your call to discuss your situation. Grab a slot on my calendar using the link below.