Workplace bullying prevention workshop set for May 29

The event is hosted by The Peace Center in Langhorne

The Times

Source: The Peace Center

Bullying isn’t something that exists only on a school playground or in a middle school locker room. It is rampant in the adult workplace. In fact, it is an American epidemic. Statistics show that 19 percent of Americans are bullied, and another 19 percent witness bullying, affecting more than 60 million individuals.

When bullying is present in a work environment, there is more absenteeism, low morale, staff turnover and loss of expertise. 25 states have introduced Healthy Workplace bills to address this problem.

On Wednesday, May 29 at 7 p.m., The Peace Center will host a free workshop to address the issues of workplace bullying in the historic Richardson House at 102 W. Maple Ave., Langhorne.

The workshop is appropriate for both employers and small business owners, as well as employees. Attendees will learn the difference between bullying and harassment, their rights and responsibilities, and how to respond, either by standing up for oneself, being an upstander for others, or as an employer, creating a healthy work environment.

The workshop is designed to help people in the workplace who either witness bullying or are targets themselves. Business owners will learn how to promote a positive workplace culture and will be given examples of respectful workplace policies that businesses of various sizes can incorporate into their workplace. Presenters will demonstrate the importance of sending a strong message that aggressive behavior will not be tolerated.

The workshop will be facilitated by Tayna Longino of HR Partners and Gayle Evans and Kathia MonardWeissman of The Peace Center. RSVP in advance to bullyingprevention@thepeacecenter.org or 215–750–7220, ext. 13. For more information on The Peace Center, visit thepeacecenter.org