Bullying Counselling Service

Individuals that have been bullied often suffer painful and lasting emotional consequences. Although “bullies” have always been around, their behaviour should never be accepted as normal. This aggressive act intentionally seeks to cause discomfort or injury, and may include:

  • Name-calling
  • Obscene gesturing
  • Malicious teasing
  • Exclusion
  • Threats
  • Slander
  • Physical violence

Generally, bullying occurs when there is an imbalance of power that favours the “bully”. Individuals that are being bullied usually feel as though they do not have the power or strength to defend themselves. “Bullies” can be any age or gender, and usually pick on others out of frustration with their own lives.

In the case of children, many participants tease their peers simply to go along with the crowd. “Bullies” have often grown up in households where harsh punishment and inconsistent discipline are used. Sadly, both the individual being bullied and the “bully” are typically anxious, insecure, and suffering from low self-esteem.

Bullying at work or school can be detrimental to the individuals involved, as well as the companies or academic institutions as a whole. It often affects confidence levels and translates to decreased work performance. Whether an employee or a student reports bullying, or you suspect it is happening, you should aim to confront the issue head-on.

Try taking the following steps to stop it:

  • Emphasize respect to others and revisit this message on an ongoing basis
  • Urge individuals to be assertive, express themselves, say no when they are uncomfortable, stand up for themselves without fighting, and walk away
  • Encourage everyone to take action when they see bullying behaviour, speak out against it, and inform superiors if it does not stop
  • Communicate both clear policies and negative consequences at your institution, as bullying is less likely to occur when rules are firm against this behaviour
  • Develop programs to promote safe environments, and remind everyone that their Employee Assistance Program (EAP) or Student Assistance Program (SAP) is available for additional support

For more information about our Bullying Counselling service, please contact your Account Manager. To learn how your organization can enroll in our EAP or SAP, please contact us today.