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How to Confront a Bully at Work

How to Confront a Bully at Work

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Bullies in the workplace

Bullies in the workplace

Bullies are in every area of the workplace, be it a difficult boss, a malicious coworker, or a disrespectful client. Bullying is classified are repeated and purposeful harassing, offending, excluding, or spitefully disrupting someone's tasks. It can be job-related or person-related.

Early career professionals are more prone to bullying than their senior colleagues. If not addressed, bullying can damage a person's well-being and increase job turnover.

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Become a bee

Become a bee

Bees work hard and provide value to their environment, but you risk getting stung if you try to hurt them.

Find a visible way to defend yourself from bullying behaviour.

  • Play by the book. It can give you a sense of security and help you stay on track when you don't yet know how things work in your organisation.
  • Build a strong network, including with senior employees or influential people. It helps to influence people and form alliances within your workplace.
  • Stay on good terms with the rest of your colleagues, regardless of their level in the chain of command.

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Don’t let your emotions overpower your reaction

Don’t let your emotions overpower your reaction

Rather than lashing out or letting your emotions get the better of you, pause before acting. It will help to detach emotionally.

If you feel safe enough to approach your colleague, respectfully initiate a candid discussion with the bully. If the bully responds, listen instead of getting defensive. You may discover that there is room for reconciliation. However, if the bullying continues, it may be good to approach HR or your manager.

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Build golden bridges

A last approach before approaching a higher authority is to “Build your opponent a golden bridge to retreat across.”

When you realize you are getting in an office battle zone, start gathering evidence to block all exits besides the one you consider fair. Instead of directly confronting a bully, present the facts and explain how these errors seriously threaten his or her employment in the long term. Then present the solution you want them to get to.

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Teacher for special educational needs

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