Workplace Violence vs Workplace Bullying Webinar Recording

by Mar 3, 2017

Earlier, we conducted our webinar on Workplace Violence vs Workplace Bullying and here’s the recording for all those who haven’t attended live:

While this happens to the best of us, I’ve noticed that too often HR managers, leaders and CEOs turn a blind eye to bullying, because they aren’t legally required to address it.They’ll respond with remarks like, “It’s not harassment so there’s nothing we can do” or “it’s not a big deal because it’s not technically illegal.”

But let’s be honest  – just because something isn’t illegal doesn’t mean it is okay. That’s like saying it’s okay to lie to your boss about being sick so you can go to the beach – it’s not illegal to lie so that makes it okay, right? Wrong.

The fact is that workplace bullying causes harm to targets, witnesses, and organizations. The behaviors result in a negative workplace culture, which results in disengaged employees who are not doing their best to ensure the success of the organization.


Best Defense to Workplace Bullying vs Workplace Violence

That’s why the best defense to bullying, harassment, and violence is creating a positive culture where negative behaviors don’t occur, so employees are happy, healthy, and working their hardest. If HR steps in when they see bullying occuring and holds their employees accountable for exhibiting positive behaviors at work, employees thrive and so does the business.

So if you are thinking, “Well bullying isn’t as bad as harassment,” I encourage you to fill out this checklist to help you determine whether or not your employees exhibiting behavior that negatively impacts the organization. 

Download it here.

If you pass with flying colorscongrats! This means that you are on top of your HR game. 

If you realize that bullying is in fact occurring in your workplace – don’t feel discouraged! There’s still time before you see flames! Now is the time to mitigate before things get out of hand.I’m happy to help if you need support. Just set up an appointment with me at this link, and let’s brainstorm on your best next steps for 15 minutes.


Creating a Healthy Work Culture

Cultivating a culture of respect, understanding, empathy, and positivity is like tending to a garden. Just as you can’t expect a beautiful garden to magically appear without care and attention, a positive workplace culture doesn’t happen without deliberate effort.

Imagine it as a journey, not a one-stop destination. It’s about fostering an environment where everyone feels valued, understood, and heard. This means not just having a single workshop or training session and calling it a day. It’s an ongoing process that requires consistent commitment from leadership and all team members.

Think of it as a team sport rather than a solo endeavor. You’re not alone in this; everyone plays a crucial role. Encourage open communication, active listening, and a willingness to learn from one another. Be patient with the process, just as you’d nurture a garden, knowing that the efforts you put in will yield a more vibrant and thriving workplace over time.

And just like how a garden needs different types of care – watering, weeding, and sunlight – building a positive culture involves various elements. Training is just one aspect; you also need policies, role models, and daily practices that reflect your commitment to respect, empathy, and positivity.

So, don’t think of it as a single event or a one-size-fits-all solution. Instead, view it as a continuous journey where you and your team actively shape the culture you want to cultivate, nurturing it to blossom into something truly special.

Do you know how much money chronically bad behavior costs your company? Spoiler alert – it’s a LOT higher than you want it to be. Download our data and worksheet to see how it’s costing your organization and what you can do to fix it.


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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