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How to Recognize and Deal With A Bully in the Workplace

Step 1


* When someone’s behavior intimidates, offends, degrades or humiliates another, possibly in front of other co-workers, clients or customers, this is a sign of bullying.

* When a person repeatedly uses verbal abuse or shows aggressive behavior towards another, this is a sign of bullying.

* When someone threatens another’s work status, undermining his/her standard of work, not giving credit where credit is due, purposely setting up projects to fail and constantly reminding of mistakes, this is a sign of bullying.

* When someone withholds necessary information or purposefully gives the wrong information to another, this is a sign of bullying.

* When someone threatens another’s personal standing (e.g. ageist sexist or ethnic comments).

* When someone is giving impossible deadlines, overworking and creating undue pressures upon another, this is a sign of bullying.

* When someone is isolating another individual from information, opportunities, and outings, this is a sign of bullying.

Step 2


* Recognize that you are being bullied, and realize that you are not the source of the problem. When someone is doing his or her best to be negative and demean you, stay positive, reminding yourself that you are a valuable person with much to offer.

* Check out your workplace hand-book or corporate policies to see if bullying is or has been addressed.

* Seek the advice of a supervisor, HR representative or trusted mentor who may have dealt with this type of situation before.

* Ignoring the bully may be helpful.Bullies are looking for a reaction from you and often lose interest if they aren’t given the satisfaction of getting one.

* Act more confident. If a person who bullies feels that they don’t have any power over you, it takes the ‘fun’ out of it for them.

* With confidence, confront the bully in a professional manner.Stay as calm as possible, firmly telling them to leave you alone.You may want to ask a supervisor to be with you when confronting the bully.

* Hang around with other people, and don’t let the bully alienate you from others.

* Keep a journal detailing the nature of the bullying (e.g., dates, times, places, what was said or done and who else was present as a witness).

* Obtain and keep copies of harassing/bullying paper trails; emails, faxes, phone messages and hold onto copies of documents that contradict the bully’s accusations against you (e.g., time sheets, audit reports, etc.).

* If the bullying continues, present your case to the person in charge or to the HR department.There are also many websites that will give you more information as to what you can do and what your rights are, along with Employment Law Attorney site options.

Department Of Labor & Industries

Workplace Bullying Institute

Don’t let a workplace bully intimidate you, jeopardize your job and tarnish your feelings of self-worth. Take the bull by the horns with confidence, know that it is not your fault, but that it is all about them and their problems. DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT TO GET IT STOPPED.

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