By Winnie Kihuga
According to WIKIPEDIA Workplace bullying is a persistent pattern of mistreatment from others in the workplace that causes either physical or emotional harm.
Time to talk about these issues and make sure no one suffers. No one deserves workplace bullying. There’s a difference between routine workplace headache and an environment that stresses you out to the point of illness.
Workplace bullying is also not carried out by supervisors and superiors alone, but also by co-workers.
If you dread going to work, you may have a bully coworker or boss.
You know you’re working with a bully when the bully picks out your mistakes and constantly brings them to your attention. Or worse, the bully gossips about you, tells lies to your coworkers, and even undermines and sabotages your work.
When you feel intimidated to attend certain meetings, you avoid going into the lunchroom depending on who is eating there, or you take a pause before attending company functions for employees, the problem isn’t that you’re shy or retiring. Take a look at your interaction with a particular coworker. You may find that he or she is bullying you.
Bullying might be harassment if someone is actually:
Verbally abusing you
Intimidating a person
Belittling a person’s opinions
Making rude physical gestures or facial expressions towards you
Making comments you find offensive, for example on social media
Intruding on a a person’s privacy by pestering, spying or stalking
Removing areas of responsibilities without cause
A recent government survey found that two-thirds of workers had experienced harassment on the job, while 80 percent had witnessed it.
Harassment is where someone creates an atmosphere that makes you feel uncomfortable. This is because you feel offended, intimidated or humiliated.
You can deal with a bully and change the bully’s behavior if you are willing to practice personal courage. But, you must do something. The bully will not go away; if you make yourself an easy target, you will only encourage the bully. If you tolerate the bully’s behavior, you are training the bully to continue the reprehensible actions.
A friend of mine told me that she was fired from her job after I reported a co-worker for repeatedly bullying her. We need a law to hold employers accountable for taking action against employees who speak up about wrong doing in the workplace.
On our next blog we are going to talk about how to deal with your office bully most effectively and potentially resulting in a bully-free workplace.
courtesy Winnie diaries