In British Columbia where I have the fortune of living, it’s Pink Shirt Day. The CKNW Orphans’ Fund has been sponsoring and promoting Pink Shirt Day for a few years now. On their website, they state:
“Bullying is a major problem in our schools, workplaces, homes, and over the Internet.”
I couldn’t agree more.
If I turn my attention squarely on ‘workplace bullying‘, to me it rests on a couple of factors:
- Incivility in the workplace — employees simply being rude to one another can lead to forms of bullying
- Title power trips — bosses/managers abusing their title to force others into action is definitive bullying
- Employee ignorance — purposely forgetting about someone and not including them in team action is another form of bullying
I would argue that workplace bullying has a direct effect on levels of employee engagement as well.
Today I wear pink.
You don’t have to actually wear pink, but I ask that you think about how you might ‘act pink’ and prevent bullying from occurring in your place of work.
PS. Kudos to my friend Jen Schaeffers for continually leading the charge against all forms of bullying.