In a perfect world the workplace is filled with hugs, free donuts and is as close as you can get to Disney World without suffering from the Florida humidity. The reality is most workplaces are quite the opposite and can be difficult to maneuver. There are even moments we may face one of the most uncomfortable experiences ever, the workplace bully. Surprisingly, a high percentage of Americans have been victims of workplace bullying or have witnessed it without intervening.
Signs you are being bullied at work:
- Condescending or exceptionally aggressive in meetings or in private
- Undeserved negative criticism despite proven performance competency
- Yelling, humiliation or physical aggression
- You require more mental health days or experience anxiety when in the office
What you can do about it:
- Analyze what’s going on. Are you the only one the workplace bully treats poorly or is it everyone? Make sure you are clear about how this person interacts with you compared to everyone else.
- Keep track. Even if your suspected workplace bully turns out to be nothing at all, document your interactions in case you want to discuss them later.
- Speak with your superior. Getting unbiased advice and even a mediator for a conversation can help everyone come to an understanding and move on.
- Speak up! A workplace bully can be someone who just has had a bad day or doesn’t respect a culture of mutual respect. Be assertive without becoming a bully yourself when faced with the workplace bully and let them know you deserve the respect you give.