A famous writer once said that the world is a filled with cruel people. It’s true that many people often face bullies at some point in their life. There’s no shortage of bullies in offices also. These bullies will gossip and spread rumours about you, embarrass you, or intimidate you. Report it to the human resources department, if someone is bullying you in your company.
Apart from reporting non-violent office bullying, you can do these things:
- Take Advice Of A Trusted Senior
There must be someone senior in your office with whom you feel comfortable to talk. There’s also a chance that the senior might have faced a similar situation in his or her early days in the office. He or she can give you insights on how to tackle the problem in a better way or what type of response would be ideal for your problem. If the senior suggest reporting to the human resources department, then do that immediately.
- Try Not To Involve Too Many Co-Workers
It’s not true that every co-worker will understand your problems. When they see what’s going around then they will form their own opinions about the whole issue. Many co-workers will listen to you and even offer assistance, but others won’t acknowledge your problem.
In many cases, it’s not that your co-workers (who opt to stay away) are bad, but it’s just that they aren’t willing to get involved. There’s also a chance that some of your co-workers choose to stay silent because they don’t want to seek attention of your bully on themselves. Don’t get worried if such thing happens, everybody has the choice to make their own decisions.
- Don’t Be Afraid & Directly Confront The Bully
Gather all your strength and confront the bully directly. However, if there’s any physical danger involved, then avoid this approach. Try confronting your bully, if you are sure he or she won’t harm you. Ensure that you keep the whole confronting process totally professional. Don’t yell or threaten him/her as it will gather support for bully, just stay calm. Put it in plain and simple words that you won’t be taking the bullying anymore. Ensure that you sound bold, confident and make a good eye contact.
- Don’t Allow Your Bully To Get In Your Mind
Knowingly or unknowingly, the aim of your bully is to destroy your self-esteem and intimidate you extremely. There’s a high chance that your bully targets you because he or she sees you as a potential threat to their own position. By intimidating you, he or she tries to weaken your position, just don’t let that happen at all.
- Ensure Your Superior Knows That You’re Doing A Good Job At Work
One of the main aims of office bullies is to make their targets look bad in front of others, especially their bosses. So, ensure that your superiors or boss knows that you’re doing an excellent work in the office as it will make your position more strong if problems between you and your bully escalate.
If you can’t handle the bullying in your office, then simply report the whole issue to the human resources department of your company.