I came across an interesting article last week called “What Works to End Bullying” by K J Dellantonia.
The article focussed on research into school bullying by a noted sociologist, Robert Faris, and Anderson Cooper from CNN. The results, sadly, were pretty depressing, but what caught my attention was that amongst their findings they found an over-focus of anti-bullying programmes routinely attempting to alter the
perceptions of those being bullied rather than the perceptions of the bullies.
Looking at the employment world, there are plenty of guidelines for the targets of workplace bullying, such as the ACAS Code of Practice. If you’re bullied at work – there are rules to be obeyed and office politics to take into consideration. If you fail to follow these rules and end up lodging a claim in a Tribunal – they can actually deduct up to 25% of your final compensation award. Sure, if your company doesn’t play by the rules, they might be penalised too, but again, that’s your company – not the individual bully.
Bullies, on the other hand, don’t play by the rules – and that’s fine, apparently. There are no guidelines for putting a bully back on the right track. No company is going to openly admit they have a problem with workplace bullying it and therefore they'll only deal with those targeted. Let’s change their perceptions, the company thinks. They are the complaining party, so that’s the easier option.
What they're effectively saying is that bullies don’t need more angst – they probably just need more support! The problem is, of course, their problem is our problem.
You can kind of see what they're saying. If we stop complaining and help the bully – then there is no bullying. There’s just harmony…lots of peace and harmony.
- Bullied By The Boss
- Welcome to my blog. My pen name is Eva James. I'm an aspiring writer paying the bills working as a legal secretary. Relentlessly bullied by my former boss, I looked for another job but the recession hit. Feeling trapped, I recorded everything in this blog, which serves as a revealing insight into workplace bullying. WEEK 1 starts the story and, as the weeks progress, you'll note what starts as banter soon spirals out of control. Sadly, it's all true. Whilst along the way I've found alternative employment, my passion for blogging about workplace bullying remains. Trevor Griffiths, legendary theatre, TV and film writer said at the outset, "I like the writing a lot: smart, cool, placed. If you were prepared/able to take your prick of a boss on, you'd marmelise him."