Lawyers Discuss Bullying in the Workplace with EHS Today
In an interview with EHS Today, Setareh Ebrahimian and Holly Wintermute discussed the topic of bullying in the workplace and how employers can take action to address such behavior. The lawyers point out how repeated bullying can have an impact on the physical, mental and emotional health of employees. They go on to note that bullying can also lead to workplace safety concerns because “…when workers are bullied they are more likely to forget safety procedures.” Setareh and Holly explain that it is difficult for human resources to prevent bullying altogether, but “[l]ike most problems in the workplace, a critical step in addressing bullying in the workplace is training.” They add that “[employers] must also show [their] commitment to addressing bullying by fully and swiftly investigating reports regardless of the severity of the complaints.” And their final recommendation is that all employers create and implement an anti-bullying policy and ensure that new and current employees acknowledge receiving and reviewing the policy.
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