Have you ever been bullied at work?

A girl being yelled at by her boss as another girl videos the altercation, filming it on her phone. This is a display of bullying.

Have you ever been bullied at work?
I am not talking about the playground when you were a kid. I am talking about adulthood, on the job, maybe your professional career.

Workplace bullies can create a toxic environment that affects everyone's well-being. But we all have the power to stand up against them and foster a healthier workplace culture!

Fortunately, I have not had to deal with a true work-place bully. Bad, unethical bosses? Yes, but not a bully. Talking with people who have however, here are some things you can do to stop it and protect yourself.

Document, document, document.

You have heard the old saying, “How do I get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice.” The same holds true for bullies. If you keep a record of bullying incidents, including dates, times, and any witnesses, it will go a long way to help your case if you need to escalate the situation.
Don’t lose your cool.

The cooler head always prevails. You may not win every battle, but you will win the war. If you feel safe doing so, address the bully calmly and assertively. Express how their behavior affects you and request that it stops.
Talk to someone.

Chances are if they are doing it to you, they are doing it to others. Talk to your supervisor (unless they are the bully) or HR. They can provide guidance and intervene if necessary.
Maintain Boundaries.

Set clear boundaries with the bully. Limit interactions to professional matters and avoid engaging in personal disputes.
Remember it’s not you.

In times of stress, like being bullied, we need to remember we didn’t do this. Looking out for our well-being is a must. You can engage in stress-reduction techniques like meditation, exercise, or even breathing techniques to help reduce the stress you are feeling.

Remember, bullying is unacceptable and there is never a reason for it. Don’t buy into the myth that “it will make you stronger.” Enough is enough. You have the right to work in a calm, fun and respectful environment.

By taking these steps, you will be contributing to a workplace where kindness and respect prevail.

Go make a difference in someone’s life today!

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