That's how you deal with bullying at work
24 Feb 2021Updated: 4 hours ago | people are reading
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Although not everyone is affected by it, it really happens: bullying at work. Colleagues who secretly gossip about you via email, sabotage your work or always lock you out. It looks like kindergarten, but it still happens. What can you do about it and what should you watch out for?
It is especially important that you do not participate in bullying behavior yourself. Don't gossip, stand up for others and, above all, try not to take revenge on bullies by exhibiting similar behavior. After all, an unhealthy work culture arises. Contributing to it will not improve things!
It will not go away by itself
The worst action you can take is not action at all. Some problems resolve themselves, but you should not assume that things will get better. It's going to be a big part of your life, so you can't let a few bad apples ruin that. Waiting a month longer often results in years of waiting.
Make a note of everything
Make notes of all events and especially keep digital conversations that can prove what you or your colleague are dealing with. If you can no longer solve it with your colleagues and raise the problem with the company, there is a good chance that the bullies will deny it.
Don't be fooled
You have to don't let yourself be manipulated and people believe their word. If a colleague or someone with a higher position comes to you and he or she tells you to do something, ask for an e-mail confirmation of the task. It sometimes happens that you are deliberately misled. Do not fall for it and perform official duties that you know you must.
You may feel that the entire office is against you, but you must try to keep friends and also make new friends. Because people get to know you, they will be less likely to believe in the gossip and you will be stronger in your shoes.