Handling the Workplace Bully

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December 10, 2013 — 2,813 views  
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If you think you have safely got out of college without getting bullied, and can begin with your professional life without facing a bully, you may be wrong. Surprisingly, around 55 million professionals in America have accepted that they have been a victim of workplace bullying in some or the other form. This definitely means that workplace bullying is not a once-in-a-while scenario and needs to be looked into very deeply.

Workplace Bullying Scenarios

Workplace bullying doesn’t necessarily have to do with your performance or designation. Sometimes a bully at a workplace can even get personal and this can mean a lot of trouble. But, how can you actually decide whether someone at your workplace is bullying you? Here are a few scenarios that will help you in coming to a decision.

  • If you are denied access to projects, assignment, resources or opportunities by someone at the workplace, it can mean that you are being bullied.
  • Someone else taking your work credit is definitely a sign of bullying.
  • Being unnecessarily interfered and disturbed while at work constantly means that you are being bullied at your workplace.
  • Understand that you are being bullied when you are being threatened about losing your job.
  • If you are being allocated work that is not likely to be finished by the given deadline, it may indicate that you are being bullied.
  • Having to face aggressive behavior at workplace or being insulted while at work also suggests that you are working with a bully.

How to Handle a Bully at Your Workplace?

If you feel you are being bullied at your workplace, you definitely don’t need to keep up with it. But remember that you will have to come out strong during the entire process of standing up to your bully. So, instead of being an easy target, you will have to stand up to prevent being bullied. Here are a few steps that you can take to ensure that you do not get bullied at work.

  • Remind the Bully Of The Workplace Policies

Every organization has its own set of rules, but none of the companies allow workplace bullying. So make the best use of this and remind the bully about the workplace polices which talk of strict action against any form of bullying. Also, have a good look at the policies yourself so that you can be sure whether what you are considering to be bullying is actually identified by the company as bullying or not.

  • Give it Back, But Without Being Aggressive

No matter who bullies you, you don't need to put up with it. So the next time you are getting bullied, stand for yourself and give it back to the bully. This can be a little difficult to do, but remember that most bullies give up on targeting people when they realize that their actions won’t be tolerated.

  • Talk to Higher Management Or Human Resource Department

If you feel like nothing is working on your bully, you can always resort to the higher management or to the human resource department. Let your concern be heard so that you do not have to deal with something that can affect your professional as well as personal life.

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