Bullying in Management and How to Handle It
Bullying is something that many people thought they left behind in elementary school. Back then, if you were being bullied, there were two ways to handle it. You either found a teacher and told, or you dealt with the bully on the playground. Right or wrong, either method was usually effective, and you got the bully to leave you alone.
Now, you are all grown up, you have a good job and you shouldn’t encounter many bullies in your everyday life. But what happens when are become the victim of a bully in the workplace? And what if that bully is your boss? What do you do?
Workplace bullying by management is becoming a growing problem in the UK and many employees don’t know how to handle it or feel that human resources isn’t able to deal with the problem adequately. Bullying in the workplace is very much different than when you were a child in school. You need your job and a bully could be making it unbearable.
Here are some ways that you can deal with a bully in management at your workplace:
Speak with a Mentor or Impartial Third Party
The first step in dealing with a workplace bully is to speak to someone you trust that could offer some helpful advice. By confiding in them you may find they have experienced something similar and they can help make the necessary interventions that you find too difficult to tackle yourself.
If your boss is bullying you, speak with him or her directly. Often times, they won’t realise that their behaviour is coming off as bullying and may be completely unaware of the fact that they are offending anyone with it. When you speak with them, explain the impact it is having on your health and your work. You may find that fighting back improves your situation and that you will experience less psychological distress and become more productive again.
Finally, speak with human resources and make a formal complaint. Approaching HR might feel daunting at first, but you have to remember that there may be other people experiencing this problem who are too afraid to speak out. By taking a stand, you are simply taking steps to tackle an issue that is affecting others too.
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