Do you work in a hostile environment? Are you constantly being bullied by your co-workers? If so, you’re not alone. It can be a frustrating experience. Unfortunately, it’s all too common in the workplace. The Workplace Bullying Institute found that nearly 35% of American workers have been bullied at their job. And unfortunately, the vast majority of those workers don’t know how to deal with it. Professional Success South will discuss some tips to deal with office bullies safely and effectively!
Tips to Deal with Office Bullies
It can be difficult and scary to deal with office bullies, but you don’t have to put up with it. By taking action and standing up for yourself, you can make your work environment a safer and happier place.
So, if you’re being bullied at work, don’t suffer in silence – take action today.
1. Understand the Issue
It is necessary to understand what bullying is and what it looks like. Then, you need to look at your behavior and see if there’s anything you’re doing that might make the bullies’ targets easier.
2. Document the Behavior
If you get bullied at work, the first step you need to take is to document the behavior. Keep a journal of every incident, including the date, time, and what happened. It will be helpful if you decide to take legal action against your bully.
3. Build Your Support System
Once you’ve done that, it’s time to build a support system. Talk to your friends and family about what’s going on, and find someone at work who will stand up for you
4. Resolve the Issue Directly
Next, try to resolve the issue with your bully directly. It cannot be easy, but it’s essential to try. If you’re feeling intimidated or scared, you can always bring a friend or co-worker with you for support.
5. Report to Your Line Manager or HR Department
If confrontation doesn’t work, or if you don’t feel safe doing it, then you can go to your boss or HR department. It’s essential to have documentation of the bullying behavior before doing this. Otherwise, it will be your word against your bully’s.
The above tips do not constitute legal advice. You should always consult with a lawyer if you have been the victim of workplace bullying.
If you’re being bullied at work, don’t despair. You can follow the above tips to protect yourself and get the upper hand. If all of this sounds overwhelming, don’t worry. Professional Success South, serving Los Angeles, CA, is here to help. We offer coaching sessions and consulting services to equip you with the tools to deal with a hostile work environment.
Don’t suffer in silence any longer. Contact us today for more information.