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Posted 10 months ago
Bullying is any act whereby an individual is targeted with the sole purpose of breaking down their self-esteem. It is not strong management or a once-off outburst. It is persistent and negative.
Bullying is often unseen, and staff members feel like complaining doesn’t help. Here are some practical things you can do if you are being bullied at work:
1. Don’t confront the bully. This will likely enrage him or her more. If you do decide to speak to the person directly, don’t take action alone. Speak to your HR department or Health & Safety officer. Find out what the company’s official grievance procedures are – and follow them carefully.
2. Don’t become isolated. Seek support from friends and family.
3. Try to avoid situations where you are alone with the bully, and if others witness the bullying, make a note of it.
4. Keep a record of the incidents and relevant documents – such as emails, memos and faxes. Log dates and details of the incidents that distress you, and write down the words used.
5. Make sure that you know what your job description states and make sure your responsibilities match it. Keep copies of your annual appraisals and ask others to relay tasks in writing, where possible. Emails are legal documents and this may help you prove that claims that you weren’t doing your job were unfounded.
6. You may need to leave your job. This is not throwing in the towel, but rather a positive decision to take back control. Let your organization know why you are leaving – you may help others.