Bullying: A Legitimate Workplace Issue

Bullying can be seen and experienced in many ways. For the most part, it’s any conduct that is unwelcome, hostile, or frightful. It can be physical, mental, or verbal.

Bullying is usually associated with school children and teens. But these days, even adults experience it. It is actually prevalent in some offices.

The issue of workplace bullying is not limited to a single type of behavior. It includes individual attacks, for example, shouting, gossiping, disengagement, micromanagement and toxic workload.

Usually, bullying is more of a personal attack on a certain individual and is normally unrelated to the job or work environment itself.

According to researchers, workplace bullying is on the rise. And this is because of a lot of factors. It could be due to a toxic work environment that tolerates this kind of behavior. It could also be due to unhealthy competition. Personality factors could also be in play.

If you are a target of workplace bullying or corporate bullying, then your career will be affected. Your bully’s actions will cause a lot of problems for you. For example, you could miss out on promotions because your manager refuses to provide training and feedback. Here’s another example. Let’s say you have a colleague who constantly takes credit for your work. You will not get the recognition that you deserve if this persists. If you are always being intimidated by a workplace bully, then you might feel reluctant to voice out your opinions. People who are non-confrontational might have a more difficult time dealing with workplace bullies. However, confrontation is not always needed to address this issue.

Coercive behavior can also affect your physical and mental health. Toxic workplaces and coworkers really take a toll on your well-being. This might cause you to take more sick days, and that will affect your performance and productivity. Going to work might feel very exhausting. Even though you like what you do, your motivation might decrease rapidly due to the hostile environment in your workplace.

There are some people who think that bullying is something that you can just ignore. They think that it will eventually go away if you ignore it. But the thing is, it usually doesn’t just go away. Sometimes, feigning ignorance only promotes coercive behavior.

It is important to remember that being a bully’s target does not mean that you are weak. In fact, it’s far from that. Usually, bullies go after the ones who are doing well in their job. They go after their coworkers who are well-liked. Remember, most bullies are very insecure. Don’t be discouraged. You know that you’re not doing anything wrong, so it just makes sense to take action. If they retaliate, then it just proves how insecure they are. Think carefully what strategy will work best for you. But if it doesn’t work out, allow yourself to move on and find something better.

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