Creating an Anti-Bullying Corporate Policy? Here are some important considerations to take note of

by Nov 16, 2015

In formulating a comprehensive anti-bullying corporate policy, one must take note some considerations and look for key elements.

First consideration is to define bullying. One may consider looking up on all possible definitions of bullying from different researches or journals and getting their common elements. Thinking and laying out other synonymous words for the term could also help to clarify what bullying is. Such objective and quantifiable approach would be essential for thinking of workplace bullying solutions. After defining bullying and listing its synonyms, one must be able to give examples of each act and classify them.

Next, one must be able to sort out what to include and exclude to the draft of the anti-bullying corporate policy. One must clarify the essential elements of acts which threaten civility at work and be able to assure that such acts are classified properly. Furthermore, one must refrain from using euphemisms, in order to yield an objective and straight forward policy.

Finally, one must have reviewed all of the existing policies and statures with regards to bullying or any analogous legislation. One may also consider undergoing workplace bullying consulting so as to have a professional consultation on the important things one must need to know regarding bullying. After having drafted the anti-bullying corporate policy and having consulted the experts, one must be able to distribute it to every employee in the organization and assure that everybody understands the contents. A whole day seminar on the manner may be considered, so as to maintain civility at work.

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About Catherine Mattice

Catherine Mattice, MA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP is President of consulting and training firm, Civility Partners, and has been successfully providing programs in workplace bullying and building positive workplaces since 2007. Her clients include Fortune 500’s, the military, several universities and hospitals, government agencies, small businesses and nonprofits. She has published in a variety of trade magazines and has appeared several times on NPR, FOX, NBC, and ABC as an expert, as well as in USA Today, Inc Magazine, Huffington Post, Entrepreneur Magazine, and more. Catherine is Past-President of the Association for Talent Development (ATD), San Diego Chapter and teaches at National University. In his book foreword, Ken Blanchard called her book, BACK OFF! Your Kick-Ass Guide to Ending Bullying at Work, “the most comprehensive and valuable handbook on the topic.” She recently released a second book entitled, SEEKING CIVILITY: How Leaders, Managers and HR Can Create a Workplace Free of Bullying.

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