Here’s How to Deal With Workplace Bullying and Harassment
When working, you must get to do so in a safe and happy environment. Unfortunately, bad things can happen anywhere. In the office setting, one of the worst things is workplace bullying. If you want to learn more about bullying in the workplace and what you can do about it, you have come to the right place.
What Is Workplace Bullying?
Bullying is the act of physically harming or tormenting another person repeatedly. People often bully others into making them feel shame and embarrass them in front of their peers. In addition to this, bullying is also done as power abuse.
When someone is bullied in the office, they can be picked on, harassed and intimidated by their colleagues, superiors and even clients. Victims can feel that they don’t have any power to change their current situation. This can be incredibly damaging to the mental and even physical well-being of the bullying victim.
What Can I Do as a Victim?
The best thing you can do is report any ongoing case or situation of workplace bullying. To do this, you can take the following steps:
1. Record All Incidents
The first step you should take is to record all the incidents of workplace bullying. You should keep a written record of all incidents that happen and the date they occurred. Even if it is a small remark, keep track of it. It is also best to get someone to be a witness for all the incidents. This can be very helpful if you decide to take legal action against the company that you work for or if you need to take any internal action.
2. Check Workplace Policies on Bullying
Next, you should check the company policies surrounding workplace bullying. If they don’t have any specific policies, you can always check the company handbook or speak to a member of human resources. It is also possible that a section of the company’s handbook deals with workplace bullying.
3. Talk to Bullies
The next step you should take is to talk to the person who is bullying you. You should try to have a calm and rational conversation with them and let them know that you are concerned about what they are doing.
If you are still being harassed after this, you should arrange a meeting with their boss and ask them to speak with them about their behaviour. They may disagree with you and try to defend them, but it is worth trying. If they agree, they should take some sort of action against the bully.
4. Talk to Your Managers and HR
If the person you spoke to is unwilling to take action, you must talk to your manager and human resources about what is happening. They should be able to take some sort of action.
Even if the company cannot do anything about the situation, it can still be helpful to send an email to your manager and HR to be aware of the problem.
Bullying is a terrible thing to go through and something you should do anything to avoid doing to others. If you are being bullied, you must take the necessary steps to stop it. You can try to report it to management, and if worse comes to worst, you can take legal action against your bully. What is important is that you are safe both physically and mentally.
If you are experiencing workplace discrimination, harassment or any other form of bullying in the workplace, you can work with Saines Legal. We have a team of experts, guaranteed to help arrive at the best possible outcome and let bullies pay for their damage. Step up and protect yourself by contacting us at Saines Legal.