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How to Deal With Workplace Bullies

We’ve heard it being said time and again, how you must love your job in order to be really successful at it. But what happens when you love what you do for a living but your work life is miserable because you’re the victim of workplace bullying? Do you still go on loving your job as much as you did or does the resentment and constant fear get to you in the end? Sad to say, unless you learn how to deal with harassment and bullying in the workplace, you’re going to end up a miserable wreck, both personally and professionally. If you find that your boss or your co-workers are bullying you, here’s what you could do:

  • Talk to a superior: If it’s your coworkers who are the problem, talk to your superior without sounding like you’re telling tales. Explain your problem and why you feel that their behavior is detrimental to your productivity. If it’s your superior itself who is the problem, go to someone higher up in the chain of command or confront him/her directly.
  • Confront the bullies: Most bullies are not really courageous; they only pretend to be so. And when confronted, they back off more often than not. It’s only because people don’t stand up to them that they continue to harass people who they know make ideal victims. So break free of your stereotype and tell them that you will not stand for such behavior and that if they don’t stop harassing you, you’re going to complain to your superior.
  • Ignore them: This is easier said than done, but when you really focus on your work and treat the bullying like water off a duck’s back, your bullies don’t get any pleasure in their acts anymore. The satisfaction of bullying lies in the response of the victim, so when you feign indifference, your bullies stop harassing you and move on to a new victim. The best way to stop bullies in their track is to pretend that they don’t affect you.
  • Work efficiently: Bullies act the way they do because they want to discredit you and make you look bad in the eyes of your superior. The only way to prevent them from getting their way is to do your work efficiently and step up your productivity. This way, you boost your popularity with your superiors and negate the attempts of the bullies to pull you down.
  • Form your circle of friends: No matter what the bullies do or say, continue to socialize with people who are your friends and ensure that you don’t let them alienate you from the rest of your colleagues. When you put on a brave face and show that you are capable of shrugging off the bullying and carrying on with your life, you put a stop to the harassment.

Bullying must be dealt with as soon as possible if you don’t want to suffer lasting effects, so work up your courage and take charge of your life before it’s too late.