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Anti-Bullying Week is drawing to an end. Here we highlight the warning signs that tell you that you are being bullied at work.
Bullying can take many forms. It can be both subtle and blatant. It can be something that occurs over weeks or months or a one-off incident. What is basically boils down to is behaviour that is intended to hurt, threaten or intimidate another person and it can do lasting damage to your confidence and self-esteem.
At work there are many different ways bullying can manifest itself, from constant undermining of a person’s confidence, removal of duties with no objective justification, excessive monitoring, aggressive behaviour, words or shouting, mockery, excluding someone from key information or isolating them, sexually harassing them, spreading malicious rumours about them, refusing reasonable requests for time off, picking on people, undermining their job security with no good reason, blocking promotion or training with no good reason and much, much more.
There are many reasons that bullies pick on people and, certainly at school, the onus seems to teaching the bullied person strategies for standing up to the bullies. That might help the bullied person, but it often lets the bully off the hook and it can sometimes make the bullied person feel that somehow it is their fault that they have been picked on. If you feel you are being bullied, there are practical steps you can take to ensure the bully is held to account.
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