Every morning you go to work with the fear of meeting that one person that makes your life miserable; that particular co-worker that never talks to you but makes silly comments directed at you. The one that is always ready to criticize your work and call it trash but tries to take credit for your good ideas. There’s always that one person at your work place that always picks on you, finds your mistakes and brings them up constantly, just to make you look bad in front of your boss. Some would call them kiss-asses but that’s an office bully and you need to stand your ground.
If you are going through any of these things or you feel you’re being bullied in your office, here are a few tips on how to handle them:
1.Don’t make yourself an easy target
Humility is a good thing but there are times when you need to be confident. Looking timid and clueless in the office makes you an easy target for office bullies. The more confident you are the less your colleagues will take you for granted.
2. Set limits and Boundaries
If there’s someone that picks on you at your workplace, the person needs to understand that there’s a limit to everything. Learn to stand up for yourself and let them know how their behavior toward you is affecting you and your work. Don’t hesitate to let them know when you don’t like something they say or do.
One of the reasons you are a target at your workplace is because you shy away from confrontation; you have to face your fears. Speak up when you need to and call out the person trying to bully you. Don’t start fight or quarrels, but don’t be a push-over either.
4. Report to Authority (HR)
You should understand that bullying is abusive and if you let it slide that bully will bully other co-workers, which is bad for the organisation. Document the office bully’s actions and see if he/she is bullying other people in the office. After doing this, report to the office authorities so that necessary actions can be taken.