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Workplace Bullying Witness

 

 

If you believe that you could be a witness of workplace bullying, it is important to look into the matter further so that appropriate measures can be taken toward a resolution. Bullying can affect a witness as much as the bullying target and you as the witness can help to stop it. Remember, bullying consists of REPEATED behaviors over the course of a period of time. Asking yourself the following questions can help you to determine whether you are a witness of workplace bullying:

 

Does my co-worker(s) regularly become extremely anxious or physically ill at work?
Do I feel like my co-worker(s) is treated differently than the others?
Do I feel like no matter what my co-worker(s) does he/she fails at his/her job?
Is someone else always taking credit for my co-worker(s)' work or criticizing or interfering with successful completion of my co-worker(s)' work for no reason?
Does my co-worker(s) constantly get yelled at or put down when other people are around?
Are people spreading rumors about my co-worker(s)?
Do people repeatedly and purposely exclude my co-worker(s) from things?

 

 

If you find yourself answering "yes" to one or more of these questions, it is possible that you could be a witness of workplace bullying. Witnessing bullying can not only impact your experience at work, but also can cause stress, anxiety and other health-related issues for you and others if it is not addressed. Below are the steps that you can take to resolve the issue:

 

1. Document the incidents. It is helpful to be as detailed as possible and be sure to include as much information as you can regarding specific examples, dates, times locations, etc.
2. Express your concerns directly with the person(s) you perceive to be bullying your co-worker(s). It is possible that they are unaware of how their actions are affecting your co-worker(s) and a simple conversation could resolve the issue. Another alternative is to address it directly with the perceived bullied individual(s). Click Here for tips on conflict resolution.
3. Factor in a discussion with a supervisor or department/division head if you do not feel comfortable addressing this directly with the person in which you feel could be bullying your co-worker(s)/perceived bullied individual(s) or you did address the issue and feel it is still unresolved.
4. Email Trish Seningen in the Office of Human Resources at pseningen@wcupa.edu or call at extension 3109 at any time if you have any questions or concerns regarding workplace bullying; you feel that your discussions with the above-referenced individuals were not successful; and/or you do not feel comfortable discussing your concerns with the above-referenced individuals.
5. Allow some time for an investigation to occur. The person(s) in which you address your concerns, unless it is directly with the person in which you feel is bullying your co-worker(s)/perceived bullied individual(s), will conduct an investigation as soon as possible to ensure a proper resolution is reached.
6. Take advantage of additional resources available as you see fit such as SEAP and training opportunities.

 

* Employees also should comply with any/all collective bargaining agreement processes