How to Know If Your Employees Are Cyberbullies
Cyberbullies are graduating to workplaces as more number of employees are finding themselves on the list of victims. The arrival of this silent but deadly practice in work environments has a huge potential to affect the company’s routine operations and overall goal, as victims fail to focus on work, experience stress and depression, and may even quit. When it comes to cyberbullying, monitoring employees closely is the most viable solution. It may sound tricky, but with the advancement in technology, it has become easier than ever. Here’s how you should go about bullyproofing your company.
Check Employees’ Social Media Activity
Social media is a common platform for teasing, harassing, and criticizing colleagues. The fact that Facebook accounts are mostly used for personal purposes makes employees think that they will never be held accountable. Being an employer, it is your responsibility to protect all your employees and make sure they are not targeted by fellow workers. So, it is highly suggested that you keep an eye on the social media activities of employees. This will tell you a lot about their behavior with each other. And most importantly, reading the Facebook chat conversations and going through the Timeline of employees will let you easily pinpoint the perpetrators and their victims.
Read Mails Sent and Received by Employees
Sometimes, employees send threatening emails to their colleagues, or intimidate their subordinates by exploiting their weakness and harassing them mentally. These mails usually come from anonymous email addresses with a fake name, thus making it difficult for the victim to take any action such as reporting the sender to the management. This is why it is necessary to read the mails sent and received by employees. With the email evidence at your disposal, you can confront the cyberbully and get a confession. You can then decide what to do next.
Keep an Eye on Videos and Images Shared by Employees
A popular time-pass for employees is to share nasty images of employees with colleagues during group chats. This may seem like an innocent activity done just for fun, but it can have a severe impact on the victim, especially if the people harassing the target belong to the opposite gender. This activity, if allowed to persist, may push the victim to the edge, leaving him with no other option but to submit his resignation as complaining about the cyberbullying may cause him more problems. You can control the situation just by keeping an eye on the videos and images shared by the employees through WhatsApp during office hours. If you find any inappropriate or private photo of someone being shared, then you must take an action immediately.
Check Employees’ Browsing History
Some employees go further to torment their colleagues by creating a blog for this purpose in connivance with other co-workers. There are various real life examples where a jealous colleague or a vengeful manager used a blog for harassing, criticizing and humiliating someone from their workplace. You can nip the evil in the bud just by keeping an eye on the employees’ browsing history. If employees are visiting a certain blog too often, then it warrants further investigation.
Go Through Texts Sent and Received by Employees
Some employees also use company-owned smartphones for abusing, humiliating, harassing and criticizing their fellow employees by sending them harsh comments, which are mostly based on the looks or skills of the victim. You can put an end to this unacceptable behavior by monitoring the text messages being exchanged by your employees during work hours.
Needless to say, you need to install a monitoring app on company-owned phones being used by your employees, and also inform them about the presence and purpose of the app and monitoring policy.