Sticks and Stones…

Posted by on Sep 22, 2011 in Cultural Diversity Training Workshops, diversity training consultants, impacts of corporate diversity training

Sticks & stones break your bones…
But words can break a heart…

Sticks & stones break your bones…
But words can break a heart…

Sticks & stones break your bones…
But words can break a heart…

Given the unfortunate deaths of various students in the last year, several states, organizations and school districts are committing to anti-bullying training.

As no child will thrive in a hostile environment, the same applies to the workplace.  Workplace bullying, much like school bullying, is on the rise, and intervention must be put into place to avoid a possible lawsuit or complaint.

The targets of bullies tend to be those outside of the mainstream in either schools or the workplace.  In schools, they are typically children with disabilities, who are overweight, those with BiGala parents, etc.  In the work place, they have a different ethnic or racial background and they usually sit outside of the power structure.

Patricia Berkly LLC recommends two types of inventions to quell workplace bullying:

1)      Group training.  When a culture is trained to identify, quarantine and eradicate bullying, the workplace is a safer place.  Patricia Berkly training would assist staff members in identifying bullying and empower staff to address it head on.  Further, training would include policy analysis and implementation.  While staff may be trained, the organization also needs to have an early alert system, a sanctuary where targets can report issues, and a clearly defined organizational time line to address the problem.

2)      Individual interventions.  Patricia Berkly LLC will work with individuals to create candid interventions for those who exhibit bullying tendencies. Individual interventions would include developing strategic solutions to comply with the organization’s anti-bullying and anti-harassment policies, also establishing a leadership action plan for productive engagement with his or her staff.

Guard against bullying in your work place.  Have proper training and intervention s to create a positive, inclusive and productive workplace.

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