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Work stress is a common part of today’s workplace, but when it comes to workplace bullying, the stress can feel overwhelming. Understanding what workplace bullying is, how to recognise it, and what steps to take can make a big difference in creating a healthier work environment.

What is workplace bullying?

Workplace bullying is when someone repeatedly acts or speaks in a way that’s intended to intimidate, offend, degrade or humiliate another person or group of people at work. It can be verbal, physical or even psychological, and it often creates a hostile or toxic environment.

How can we recognise it?

Recognising workplace bullying can sometimes be tricky because it’s not always obvious. Here are some signs to look out for:

  • Repeated negative behaviour. If someone is constantly running down, insulting, or undermining another person, it could be a form of bullying. They may try to pass it off as a joke, but blaming the victim does not excuse bullying.
  • Bullying often involves isolating someone from their coworkers or excluding them from activities.
  • Intimidation like threats, yelling, or aggressive behaviour are clear signs of bullying.
  • Deliberately setting someone up to fail or undermining their work is a form of bullying.
  • Any form of physical aggression or harm is unacceptable and should be reported immediately.

What can we do about it?

If you’re experiencing or witnessing workplace bullying, there are steps you can take:

  • Document everything. Keep detailed records of any incidents, including dates, times and descriptions of what happened. This documentation can be valuable evidence if you need to file a formal complaint or take legal action against the bully or your employer.
  • Speak up. If you feel safe to do so, confront the bully directly and let them know their behaviour is unacceptable.
  • Report it. If the bullying continues or if you don’t feel comfortable confronting the bully, report it to your HR department or a trusted supervisor.
  • Get support. Talk to a coworker, friend, or counsellor about what you’re experiencing. You don’t have to go through it alone.
  • Know your rights. Find out your company’s policies on bullying and harassment, as well as any legal protections you may have.

Tips to deal with workplace bullying

Here are some tips to help you cope with workplace bullying:

  • Stay calm. Try to remain calm and composed when dealing with the bully. Don’t let them see that they’re getting to you.
  • Set boundaries. Clearly communicate your boundaries to the bully and assertively stand up for yourself.
  • Know when to take it further. If the bullying persists despite your efforts to address it, don’t hesitate to escalate the issue to higher authorities within your organisation. This may involve filing a formal complaint with HR or speaking to senior management about the situation. It’s important to follow your company’s policies and procedures for reporting workplace bullying.
  • Focus on your wellbeing. Take care of yourself, both physically and emotionally. Engage in activities that help you relax and reduce stress.
  • Build a support network. Surround yourself with supportive coworkers or friends who can offer encouragement and advice.
  • Seek professional help: If the bullying is affecting your mental health or wellbeing, consider seeking support from a mental health professional or counsellor. They can provide you with coping strategies and emotional support to help you navigate the situation.