Bullying at school is awful but being bullied in your workplace is much worse. Bullying is something that nobody wants to deal with after primary school and childish behaviours from ours peers. Unfortunately, workplace bullying is a problem that many people face. Unlike school bullies who often resort to fist fights, workplace bullies use words and actions to intimidate you. Often, workplace bullying makes a person feel inferior and makes him/her uncomfortable. This is the main reason why a victim of workplace bullying chooses not to go to work or becomes less productive.
A workplace bully comes in different forms. It can be in the form of your demanding boss or an office mate that seems to make you feel less about yourself. No one should make you feel that way. If you think that you are a victim of workplace bullying, it is important that take drastic action today. Being bullied at work is a bad thing. It’s bad for your morale, your health and happiness. Before it takes toll on you, here are some solutions to stop workplace bullying.
- Know the signs. Before you assume that you are being bullied, make sure that you really are. Do not make fake assumptions so know the signs first. It can include threats, verbal abuse, sabotage, silent treatment and gossip about you, which circulates in the workplace.
- Be honest with yourself. Always evaluate your situation. Be fair to yourself. If you think that you are being bullied, you likely are. Yes, it’s easy to ignore bullying and think that you might be reading things the wrong way but always be honest with yourself. Do not hide the truth from yourself.
- Set boundaries. It’s good to stay calm and be courteous even if your co-workers don’t deserve it. It’s called discipline and respect. However, you don’t need to adjust to their attitudes all the time. Always stand for your values, decisions and behavior. Do not allow those bullies to victimize you.
- Confront the bully. The bullying needs to stop. Talk to your coworker and ask him/her about his/her problem with you. After all, an open communication always builds bridges.
- Make a formal complaint. When you have done your part and the bullying still continues, talk to your boss and file a complaint. Tell your boss about the situation; provide the specific details about the bullying and how it affects your work. If your boss is the bully, talk to a human resource agent or your bosses’ supervisor e.g. general manager.
- Look for other employment. If your workplace environment doesn’t change or improve after filing a complaint, seek other work that offers a friendly and comfortable environment.
Do not allow workplace bullying to affect you. You know your true worth. Workplace bullying should be stopped because you, like everyone else, have the right to work in a healthy, non-hostile environment where your colleagues listen to each other’s viewpoint with utmost respect.