Bullies are not in high school alone. In fact, it is these childhood bullies who grow up and become office bullies. Here also they intimidate their victims and spread rumors to tarnish the reputation of their coworkers. Or else, they would conveniently forget to invite a team member to an important team meeting, or make fun of their coworkers. All this is not bad just for the coworker, but for the entire work environment. It impacts productivity, creativity as well as office morale.
You have to learn how to deal with workplace bullying
Workplace bullying is a serious issue as it can impact your physical and mental health. So you need to devise a way to manage it. See what you can and what you cannot control. You cannot control the behavior of the bully, but you can surely control your reaction to it. You should directly talk to the bully and specify what you do not like about the way he behaves with you. Do not get emotional here.
You can even say that you will report in case he continues this behavior. In case this does not help, report to your supervisor. Make a proper case by documenting everything.
[box type=”error” align=”” class=”” width=””]This means recording dates, specifying times and noting the names of witnesses. Be professional and stick to the facts. Ask your supervisor for a resolution to your issue.
Intervene when you see that a coworker is being bullied
If you see another coworker being bullied, take that person out for a coffee and just listen. Ask person to report the bullying. In case the person is not brave enough, you can report the bullying and advocate on his behalf. Do not listen to gossip and stand up for the victim as and when you can.
Show support for the victim. Try to stop the bully from spreading any more rumors about the victim. If it does not work, just walk away from the bully when he is tarnishing another employee’s reputation.
A supervisor should know how to deal with workplace bullying
It is always the best and brightest employees who are targeted by bullies. This is because the bully feels threatened by them with regard to his own career growth. These are people that the company needs for growth and prosperity. The supervisor has a responsibility to foster a good atmosphere in the team so that people work together. He has to squash all kinds of gossip and spreading of rumors in the office. In case this does not work, the issue has to be addressed right away. Take this to the human resources department.
[box type=”info” align=”” class=”” width=””]Your company will be having guidelines to address suck kinds of workplace bullying and harassment. Follow them. You can also talk to the bully and document this incident in his file along with details about the incident, along with complete information about your meeting, like dates, time and witnesses. This information will come handy if the bully does anything similar again.