An important part of being a professional leader is managing employee behavior. What started out as isolated bad habits can spread throughout your staff, damaging moral, undermining productivity and hurting profits. It's critical to notice early warning signs of potentially destructive habits, and to reverse them as quickly as possible.
One particularly insidious one is bullying. While you might assume that this sort of behavior got left behind on the playground with swing sets and dodgeball, it can still crop up even in professional environments. Some 37 percent of Americans report being the target of it, according to the Workplace Bullying Institute, and it can be a major source of employee stress, headaches, irritability and depression.
And the effects of bullying often extend beyond the direct victims. Bullying can create an overall tension and stress in the workplace, as fellow coworkers sit on pins and needles anticipating the next bullying incident. How can your workforce focus and remain productive with bullying as a constant distraction?
If you suspect that bullying is a problem at your company, it's a good time to evaluate the stress levels and emotional intelligence competencies of your people. With Essi's 21 Day Club technology platform, every employee gets a comprehensive, business-proven stress, resiliency or emotional intelligence assessment and an interactive, reusable habit creation system that helps them make positive, sustainable behavior change, directly related to their StressMap, Resiliency Map or EQ Map scores. Through its engaging, employee-centric website portal, users can measure, build new skills and measure again to track their success while getting support and learning along the way.
If bullying or other negative behaviors pop up in your organization, take action.
Target the source and help your employees manage their stressors before it impacts day-to-day performance, well being and the overall bottom line.