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Implementing Interventions: Mistakes Leaders Make

Original Publication Date: 1/17/2021; Edited and Republished on March 6, 2023

It is essential that leaders know how to intervene if they are going to stop workplace bullying. Because of how severe the consequences are for both the employees and the organization, including decreased productivity, increased absenteeism, high turnover, and a negative work environment.

Implementing effective interventions to enhance the workplace environment can be challenging for administrators who lack the necessary skills or intuition to do so. Unfortunately, many leaders invest in unsuccessful interventions that confuse and frustrate workers, which can be especially devastating in a workplace bullying culture.

One of the biggest mistakes leaders make is failing to provide a clear purpose and reasoning for the intervention. Simply mandating a change without explaining why it's needed and what the goal is can increase tension in the workplace, particularly in a bullying culture. Frivolous interventions that are feel-good, ineffective, and inconsequential should also be avoided, as they may worsen the problem.

Weak interventions that are not targeted or effective can give the impression that the organization is not taking the issue seriously, which can lead to further bullying and harassment. They can also create confusion and frustration among the workers, who may feel like the organization is not supporting them. This can further erode trust and respect between employees and management.

Moreover, weak interventions can give the bullies the impression that their behavior is acceptable, and they may continue to harass their colleagues. In such cases, the bullying culture may become ingrained in the organization, leading to long-term damage.

It is important that interventions in workplace bullying are well-planned, effective, and targeted to address the issue. They must be designed to create a safe and respectful work environment for all employees, and should be implemented with clear communication and transparency to gain the trust of the workers. Leaders must know how to intervene properly to stop workplace bullying.

Call to Action:
Take the issue seriously: Workplace bullying is a serious issue that can have severe consequences for the employees and the organization. Leaders must take the issue seriously and demonstrate a commitment to addressing it. Take one step this week to intervene effectively and stop bully culture.