I Am Being Bullied At Work. What Can I Do?


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Oscar De La Huerte Profile
Bullying in the workplace is unfortunately fairly common. My advice would be to start off by making sure that you are documenting and getting as much evidence about what is going on as you possibly can.

The second step would be to take your case to a supervisor, manager, or someone in your company's Human Resources department.

What to do about bullying at work

The truth is that managers seldom report bullying, so often it will be up to you to bring the problem to the relevant authority's attention.

Bullying behaviour that takes place at work can include everything from co-workers being verbally or physically abusive, through to the so-called 'silent treatment'. Anything that makes you feel uncomfortable and gets in the way of you doing your job constitutes bullying and isn't acceptable.

Complaining about a bully

Bullying is often associated with poor job security and a lack of trust between bosses and workers.
Research suggests that abuse at work may lead to the following:

  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Lower worker productivity
  • Poor job satisfaction and motivation
To avoid this, I'd recommend nipping the problem in the bud and addressing the issue straight away.

Your first step should be to confront the bullies. This may be difficult, but it is often the quickest and easiest way to deal with a situation. Having a trusted co-worker with you may help give you confidence.

If the behaviour continues, you should report it immediately to a supervisor or manager. If the supervisor or manager is the person responsible for the bullying, then you should take the issue to a higher authority.

Whenever you make an official complaint, try to make sure that you've got proof to back your claims up.

If you feel that your company or organization aren't taking your claims seriously, you may also want to explore the possibility of legal action.

Employers are often keen to avoid going to court, so this may be the incentive for them to resolve the situation internally. If not, I'd suggest getting information about what legal steps you can take.
E Jacobson Profile
E Jacobson answered
The first thing you should do is to find out if your employer has a bullying at work or respect at work policy. This will outline what rights you have and will also help you to understand what is unacceptable behaviour.

Then you need to tell someone about the bullying, wither your manager or the Human Resources section. However, if you work for a very small company then the manager may also double as the HR section and if your manager is doing the bullying, this can be difficult to tackle.

(If the bully is your manager find someone else in the company to talk to and make it clear how you feel).

Once you have spoken to HR or your manager (or someone else) then it may be opportune to ask for a meeting with the bully to ask them to stop. If you feel this would be difficult for you, then ask your manager/another senior manager to talk to them on your behalf.

If the bullying does not stop, then it is important to seek advice from your union, or if you are not a member, then seek independent legal advice.

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