When we often think of bullying we automatically think of our high school experiences, we often associate it with just childish endeavours but in reality bullying does continue to happen in professional work places too.
The act of bullying is often pinned out through patterns, It is often directed to one person or a few individuals and becomes offensive as time passes.
How to identify bullying in your workplace:
One way to identify if bullying in your workplace is occurring is by asking around at other team mates and seeing how they process what is happening and what their perspective is. It is a great way to start gathering information on what’s going on as opposing opinions can become bias.
Bullying Vs Harassment:
Bullying is an ongoing process with time, which often develops into more aggressive tones. Harassment is often seen as a one time incident. This is important to know in case you are the one being bullied and would like to know the language around expressing your situation.
People often think that bullying is just a team situation but an abuse of power from higher titled individuals can also occur, line managers can become abusive in terms of workplace bullying as they abuse their title and the power it withholds. Things to look for when this is occurring to you is unnecessary negative reviews, random and unprovoked demotions or simply being denied time off constantly leaving you overworked. It can also develop into work sabotage, leaving you helpless.
When bullying isn’t addressed it becomes easier to carry the act out, so if you are a line manager who has witnessed bullying or even thinks that you are sometimes too harsh and worried about coming across as a bully, please check our resources or expertise on HR Management and we can sort that out for you. Our resources are not just specifically for line managers, if you are an employee at any rank and are suffering or witnessing bullying you can also contact us. Our services are here for you.