Bullying in the office is a crucial issue that far too often goes unnoticed. Thanks to the #metoo movement, sexual assault issues are being addressed more and more, but there are other types of bullying that may be going on in your office without you even noticing. And unfortunately, if bullying or harassment goes too far, it could cause a good employee to leave. A recent study shows that two-thirds of workers claim they’d actively pursue a new job if bullied. In order to avoid this, it is important to define workplace bullying, so everyone in your office has an understanding of exactly what is and what is not allowed. According to the experts at the Workplace Bullying Institute, it’s described as “repeated, health-harming mistreatment of one or more persons (the targets) by one or more perpetrators. It is abusive conduct that is threatening, humiliating, or intimidating; work interference; or verbal abuse.” It’s important that a strong message against bullying is sent from upper level leadership so others down the chain understand it will not be tolerated. It also helps to educate your employees on how to handle workplace bullying. If harassment does occur, it is imperative to address it with punishment. Your employees need to know there will be repercussions and this type of behavior will not be accepted. If a bully does not take your punishment seriously, or continues to harass others in the office, it might be time to let them go permanently. Don’t let office bullying happen under your nose. An office without any bullying will be a happy, healthier workplace for all. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Sloane Staffing at 561.512.8989.