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How to deal with a workplace bully 

Dec 23, 2021 | Employment Law (Employee)

For the average employee, much of their week is spent in the working environment. While no workplace is completely free from stressful situations, it is important that they are free from discrimination, hostility and harassment. 

Being subjected to bullying behavior can have considerable consequences for those on the receiving end. Not only will it prevent them from being able to carry out their job effectively, but it can also cause serious emotional damage and health issues. Thankfully, there are some ways to tackle bullying in the workplace. Outlined below are some tips on how to deal with a workplace bully

Document everything

One of the more useful ways to begin addressing the problem is to document when, where, and how often the bullying is taking place. This will provide evidence of any abusive behavior as well as indicate just how severe the problem is. Remember to include any digital correspondence in your records as well, such as emails and text messages. Bullying does not necessarily have to take place in a physical form, cyberbullying can also have dire consequences too. 

Find someone to talk to about your situation

Generally, there is always at least one person who will be willing to listen to your issues as well as help. Perhaps this might be the manager. Or where members of management are the perpetrators, a close colleague or someone in the HR department may be your best bet. The company might be completely unaware of the situation, and by informing them, you give them an opportunity to rectify matters. The HR department should be adequately trained to deal with such scenarios. 

What if this doesn’t work?

You have a right to work in an environment that is free from hostility and harassment. If you feel that your rights have been violated as an employee and your employer refuses to take any action, then there may be other legal options available to you. 

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