Workplace bullying - What do you do?

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Recently I have been reading news articles of workplace bullying and decided to write about it myself. Little did I know it was a big issue, but surprisingly it is.

Have anyone experienced workplace bullying?
What did you do?
What would you recommend others?

After dealing with workplace bullying, I can only imagine the psychological effects it could have. So I want to help guide people through this, but I am struck on what to do at the first signs of workplace bullying.

Thanks for you input! This seems to be a very important topic for many
#bullying #workplace #workplace bullying
  • Profile picture of the author Dain Supero
    Jab + jab + front kick

    Or, alternatively

    Jab + cross + left hook

    It should actually be reported as soon as it happens.
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  • Profile picture of the author blindapeseo
    Document all you can --> Lawyer up
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeff Schuman
    One of the things I like about working at home online is I do not have anymore workplace problems from co-workers, bosses etc. If you are a work at home Internet marketer suffering from workplace bullying you may have to look in the mirror.

    On a more serious note, I wonder if there is an info product and niche blog here that could be profitable?
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  • Profile picture of the author cshilling22
    Have you ever seen the movie Murder by Proxy: How America Went Postal? It talks about some of the effects of workplace bullying including leading to mass shootings and extreme workplace violence. I wrote an article about it on my website. I highly recommend everyone watch it.
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  • Profile picture of the author damiensuccess
    Thanks Chris, I'll check it out.
    Until this, I had no idea.. I completely overseen what people could be treated in the workplace. Any other info would be great. I am writing deeply on this one in hopes to save some people from misery.. My gosh, the more I read on this, the more I realize how many may suffer unnoticed...

    First things first, if you suspect possible real physical threat, 911 before anyone within the company.. I know that most companies have a contact number to reach after 911 is contacted, so it is a good idea for workers to have this.

    In most cases, in the workplace I read it is not physical threat, but long term psychological effects that are more common. being bullied by someone of authority,. Misusing their position to mistreat people. These are things I am finding online.
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    • Profile picture of the author Enfusia
      I had a guy attempt to bully a co worker one time. I simply asked him if he was planning on keeping those teeth?

      Here's the deal, we have had this be a narco panty waste crammed down our throats so long that most men are a bunch of little sissy's.

      We litigate everything. It's sick.

      What do you do in response?

      You kindly inform them that if they do that again their disability payments won't cut it for a decent lifestyle.

      End of story.
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  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    Bullies usually back down if confronted. If that doesn't happen, speak to your boss or their boss. If nothing gets done, then you can either threaten legal action or contact the bully's relatives and tell them what he/she is doing. One of those solutions will work 95% of the time.

    On a similar but different front, I was watching Britain's Got Talent last night and there were 2 early teenage schoolboys. One had written a rap song about being bullied. He did it to build himself up and get back at the bullies who no longer bother him.

    For any of you who know the show, in whatever version, Simon Cowell hit the button that automatically sends that act through to the live shows. That's how moved he, the other judges and every single person in the audience who were giving a standing ovation felt!!!

    I say FANTASTIC!!
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  • Profile picture of the author jeremy49
    Bullies usually back down if confronted.
    Very true in my experience, often they don't think of themselves as bullies.

    If they won't, then you have show that you will not be intimidated. If their bullying tactics appear to have no effect on you, you are not giving them a reward for behavior. Now here is the difficult part. You have to reward the bullies when they show just an even ounce of kindness, but not too much. Eventually the bully wants to be on your side, and may even become your champion.

    Physical bullying is completely different.
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  • Profile picture of the author johnmorgan1982
    The only way is to stand up to them, most bullies only do it because they perceive they can get away with it.

    The moment they realise you're not the type to take other peoples rubbish you've won IMHO.
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  • Profile picture of the author damiensuccess
    Great insights.
    Although, workplace bullying would often involve a long period of picking. Making work harder or stressful. I can see in many cases not violent acts would be a more common scenario on a job scene.

    Some people may be much softer at heart and be more prone to being picked on, or having the heavier work load because they don't stand up for themselves. I felts this was an important topic and spent a couple evenings looking into this.

    I also summed up my findings with a few tips on the topic, ways to confront workplace bullying situations.

    Read More on : Confronting Bullying In The Work Place

    let me know what you think, and if I should add anything.
    Cheers!
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  • Profile picture of the author Angle Warrior
    Hope this helps,


    Are there any laws addressing bullying in the workplace in Canada?

    To date, few Canadian jurisdictions have occupational health and safety legislation that is specific to bullying.
    In British Columbia, WorkSafeBC has developed policies and resources related to workplace bullying and harassment.
    However, all jurisdictions except New Brunswick, Nunavut, Northwest Territories, and Yukon, have legislation about workplace violence and/or harassment.
    Where there is no legislation which specifically addressed bullying, the general duty clause establishes the duty of employers to protect employees from risks at work. These risks can include harm from both physical and mental health aspects.
    In addition, federal and provincial human right laws prohibit harassment related to race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, sex, marital status, family status, disability, pardoned conviction, or sexual orientation. In certain situations, these laws may apply to bullying.

    What can you do if you think you are being bullied?

    If you feel that you are being bullied, discriminated against, victimized or subjected to any form of harassment:
    DO
    • FIRMLY tell the person that his or her behaviour is not acceptable and ask them to stop. You can ask a supervisor or union member to be with you when you approach the person.
    • KEEP a factual journal or diary of daily events. Record:
      • The date, time and what happened in as much detail as possible.
      • The names of witnesses.
      • The outcome of the event.
    Remember, it is not just the character of the incidents, but the number, frequency, and especially the pattern that can reveal the bullying or harassment.
    • KEEP copies of any letters, memos, e-mails, faxes, etc., received from the person.
    • REPORT the harassment to the person identified in your workplace policy, your supervisor, or a delegated manager. If your concerns are minimized, proceed to the next level of management.
    DO NOT
    • DO NOT RETALIATE. You may end up looking like the perpetrator and will most certainly cause confusion for those responsible for evaluating and responding to the situation.
    (Adapted from: Violence in the Workplace Prevention Guide. CCOHS)
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