This week is Anti-Bullying Week and in this episode of the podcast, I focus on bullying and harassment in the workplace and what you can do about it. 

Bullying is unfortunately very common at work and can be present in many different ways. It is devastating and distressing for those being bullied and will have a negative effect on your workers’ mental health. 

So, I address what workplace bullying is, how to spot it if you’re being bullied or if someone else is being bullied.  Most importantly, I highlight what you can do about it at both an individual and an organisational level.

In today’s show, I talk about:

  • The difference between bullying, harassment and victimisation. [01:18]
  • The many different faces of bullying and how they are expressed. [03:39]
  • The cost of bullying to organisations. [03:39]
  • My experience of bullying at work. [07:12]
  • What to do if you’re being bullied or see someone being bullied at work [10:44]

Some statistics about bullying and harassment in the workplace: 

  • Nearly a third of people (29%) are bullied at work.
  • Women (34%) are more likely to be victims of bullying than men (23%).
  • The highest prevalence of workplace bullying is amongst 40 to 59-year-olds, where 34% of adults are affected. 
  • Nearly one third (29%) of Asian employees or those from other BAME backgrounds reported experiencing some form of bullying or harassment compared with 18% of white employees.

Here are some helpful resources I mentioned in this episode:

Quotes: 

  • Bullying undermines a target’s self-confidence and is likely to cause stress. 
  • Bullying has many faces.
  • Sadly, workplaces and teams are torn apart by bullying and it doesn’t seem to get better without acknowledgment of the system that it takes place in. In order to solve this, it’s key to create systemic change.
  • Unfortunately, bullying has been something that has shaped my career and life, but it has led me to do what I do in terms of inclusion and talking about mental health and wellbeing.

What to do next?

Get involved with the campaign by using the following hashtags: 

#AntiBullyingWeek 

#OddSocks 

#ChangeStartsWithUs

Listen to more of my story on Petra Velzeboer’s Advantage to Adversity Podcast: https://player.fm/series/adversity-to-advantage/ep-55-bullying-and-delayed-burnout-with-leyla-okhai

Work with me

Do you want to improve your workplace culture and awareness about bullying? Why not have a look at the training packages available. https://diverseminds.co.uk/solutions/training/

If you fancy working with me on a one-to-one basis, feel free to email me at leyla@diverseminds.co.uk or book a time so that we can chat about what might be right for you.

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Remember to tune in to next week’s episode, where I’ll bring you more insights into mental health and inclusion.