How do you deal with workplace bullies?
A bully repeatedly targets and mistreats person(s) in the workplace. This could include hurtful remarks, intimidation, exclusion from work-related activities or conversations, and many other negatives actions.
This is prevalent in many workplaces, so how do you handle it?
I've never been the target of a bully in the workplace, but I have seen some of my co-workers in that situation. I wouldn't let it happen to me without standing up for myself and I won't let a co-worker be bullied if they're afraid to say anything to the bully. I take their side and stand up to the bully for them. As little as I am, I've been told I can intimidate people without making any type of threat, so I use that to my advantage. The bully has always backed down.
In my younger days, a few bullies attempted to target me on the job. I defended myself, and let them know that they were powerless and that they didn't intimidate me. A bully does not have power unless you give it up. You determine your own self-worth and not the bully.
Bullies should be put in their place ASAP. It is better to ignore them if possible. When their remarks and actions are hard to ignore, then try and to talk to them one-on-one about their behavior. If that doesn't work, then talk to the boss or H.R. about the situation.
I do not go for a tit for tat behavior here rather I try to outperform those bullies if they are in the same job as I am. The next best thing is to make a number of good friends that support you at the workplace which will protect you from that bully. Even then if he/she bully then I ignore. Last resort is to file a complaint against them.
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