Your employees are demonstrating a pattern of behaviours that you don’t expect in your workplace. Employees are gossiping about other employees; meetings involve attacking or sniping behaviours; some employees are being excluded from meetings and events. There are cliques forming. It may be early stages of this behaviour amongst your staff or you might be deep in the middle of them.
There might even have been an investigation and this has recommended bullying education and training to be implemented.
You know these behaviours have to stop. They are eroding productivity, team cohesion, and placing the health and safety of your team at risk. You are also at risk of Workcover cover claims.
Our bullying workshops help you address and prevent bullying behaviours. Unlike other bullying workshops, we educate employees on early intervention approaches based on recognising risk behaviours to prevent escalation to bullying.
Our early intervention model is focused on creating behavioural change. It is designed to work at two levels, the leadership level and general employee level.
At the leadership level, our programs educate managers and supervisors to recognise and act on inappropriate behaviours. However, the model is designed so they can use it to coach and mentor their employees to act early and prevent escalation.
At the general employee level, our program educates employees to identify risk behaviours early and implement strategies themselves in the first instance, then escalate if they they have been unable to do so or are unsuccessful.
Our education framework is comprised of four steps:
- Identify the behaviour
Before an employee can prevent bullying, they must first be able to identify the risk behaviours and their responses which indicate something is going wrong. This triggers them to act.
- Act on the behaviour
After the first step, action is vital. In this step we empower employees to act by providing strategies they need to do so. It starts with them planning their action, then providing them with skills and tools to implement those actions. However, acting is a two way street, and in this step we educate all parties involved in appropriate strategies.
- Monitor for change in behaviour
To ensure success, your employee must monitor for change. If there has been no change, then the employee must move to Plan B. In this step, we teach the employee to monitor if change has been successful and Plan B options.
- Implement Plan B
Unfortunately, some individuals don’t change their risk behaviours. When they don’t your employee needs to implement a back up plan. In this step we give employees the skills to act in a timely way presenting them with their alternative options.
The most successful implementation will see leadership and all their employees working together to intervene early.
If you are interested in learning more about our workplace bullying prevention workshops for your workplace, contact us now for a confidential conversation.