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Gov’t Agency Addresses Bullying To Create “Violence-Free Workplace”

Can the Federal Government protect their employees from bullying? At least one agency can –here’s the workplace bullying policy posted on the NIH website. Warm thoughts to all who have been furloughed during the shutdown: 

“Anti-Bullying Statement”

The Department of Health and Human Services is committed to providing a safe and positive work environment for all employees.  Recently, press coverage and technology use has shed light on the issue of bullying, bringing real time images of inappropriate behavior to our homes and workplace.  Bullying occurs when people use their power, via verbal, physical or other means to control or harm others. Often, the victims have a hard time defending themselves.  It usually involves repeated negative behavior.

The impact of bullying can be harmful and long lasting.  “Bullying” is conduct that constitutes fighting; threats; an intent to inflict harm; abusive, offensive, unprofessional, distracting, slanderous, malicious, derogatory or otherwise inappropriate or unacceptable language intended to degrade or humiliate a particular person or group of people.
All employees are reminded that bullying behavior is inappropriate for the workplace, and a violation of HHS policy.  The agency does not condone or tolerate this type of behavior.   Any employee who is subject to bullying behavior should report the matter to his or her supervisor or another appropriate official immediately.  Also, all senior leaders, supervisors, and employees should review the agency’s workplace violence guidelines and take the appropriate steps to ensure a safe and positive work environment for all.
We’re asking for your support and cooperation as we strive to make HHS one of the premier employers across the federal government.
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3 Comments on “Gov’t Agency Addresses Bullying To Create “Violence-Free Workplace”

  1. This is such a great article. I was a recent victim of workplace bullying. Often times people discuss bullying at schools but it also happens in the workplace.

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