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4 tips to help you deal with bullying at the office

4 tips to help you deal with bullying at the office

Do you work with a bully? Are you intimidated, insulted and put down at work for no discernible reason? Being bullied at work can lead you to experience psychological and physical health problems, as well as affecting your relationships with family and friends. Working with a bully can make your job a living hell; luckily, we have some tips on how to cope with these kinds of individuals.

 

1. Take action

Sometimes we are too nice and we just ‘let things go’. However, if your boss’s or colleagues’ actions are having a negative impact on your life; if you dread going to work; if you’re feeling miserable/unwell/sad; if it is impacting your personal life and relationships outside the office… it means that it is time to take action. Don’t be afraid to speak up if you are being bullied. Do not suffer in silence and do not wait too long to speak up… nobody deserves to be a victim.

 

2. Speak to your bully

Try and have a conversation with your bully. This is not always possible, of course, but if it is, do speak to him or her. Be assertive but do not get aggressive. Use phrases such as: "Let's try to get this conversation to a place where it can be productive." Stand your ground, remain calm and professional. Make sure to meet in a public space or ask a colleague to come with you… never put yourself in the position of being alone with someone who wants to torment you or cause you harm.

 

3. Tell your bosses, supervisors or HR

If you are not comfortable speaking directly to the person who is bullying you, discuss it with your manager or human resources personnel. Come up with a plan of how you are going to address the bullying concern and be sure to include its impact on productivity, well-being, and morale. If you can think of a solution (eg) moving away from your bully to another more far-away desk or room, let them know. If you feel that you are in physical danger, let your supervisor or someone else in authority know immediately.

 

4. Document every encounter with your bully

Include the date, what happened, what was said and who may have been a witness. This will help you state your case if you ever need to go to your supervisor or human resources with the problem.

Authored by the Finerton Blogging Team in Malta - July 2019
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Last modified on: July 26, 2019

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