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Bullying doesn’t only take place at schools and colleges. Even people at the working place are prone to be bullied. Bullying is an illegal act and shall be raised voice against. People who bully must be strictly punished for causing mental and physical harassment.
Who are typical workplace bullies?
According to research and survey, it was found out that the majority of workplace bullies are men i.e., 70%, 61% are bosses and 33% are peers with the same rank as their targets, and the rest 6% being subordinate employees.
Also, often it can be seen that many target same-sex bullying, out of jealousy or other personal issues. Neither are women generous. Many women also practice such gross behaviors at the workplace, out of jealousy or drag down other women.
Types of workplace bullies
- Mean prankster: As the class clown in high school, this person plays jokes on co-workers. Sure, some office witticisms are perfectly innocent, but there’s a line between playing a harmless prank and intentionally humiliating someone which needs to be well understood by everyone.
- Jerk-abuser: People like the jerk, are simply the meanest ones by nature. This person brings a toxic attitude to the office environment by delivering angry or abusive remarks on their colleagues.
- The Critic: This person is employed as the manager, who talks down to direct reports and criticize your work constantly.
- Gossiping lad: Every office has one gossiper, who can become a form of bullying if the culprit is out to stain your reputation. He keeps on passing on the information irrespective of wrong or right, in the whole office.
How can you take Charge of these Bullies?
One must not just sit and think of quitting, instead get up and take charge of those who demolish your reputation and harass you physically and mentally, in the following ways:
- Write about the bullying in your office magazine as well as a pen it down on your social media handles: Keep track of all bullying actions in writing by noting the dates, the time, where the bullying took place, and other people who were in the room and didn’t help out. Make sure you publish it on social media accounts as well.
- Preserve the physical pieces of evidence as well: Any kind of threatening notes, comments, or emails you receive, even if they’re unsigned, just keep them saved. Also, if some various files and documents can help prove to bully, such as denied requests, overly harsh commentary on assigned work, and so on, keep these all locked in a safe place. They will act as evidence against the bully.
- Try confronting the bully: When you are well aware and can identify who’s bullying you, bring along a trusted witness, such as a co-worker or supervisor, and ask them to stop then and there. Do it only if you feel comfortable doing so. Control your anger, talk politely and softly. Make him/her aware of the problems you are facing because of them.
- Review the work policies: Your employee almanac may outline steps of action or policies against bullying. As nowadays every company has made stricter rules and policies to curb bullying and create a friendly atmosphere in the office.
- Reach out for legal guidance: Reach out and talk to a lawyer, depending on the circumstances of the bullying. Taking legal action may not always be possible but a lawyer can offer specific advice to take action against bullying.