Have you ever had to deal with a bully at work? Someone who constantly undermined and ridiculed you, perhaps even tried to make you look incompetent? It may not have stopped there. The bully may have spread malicious gossip about you too, or attempted to sabotage your work. Get more informations of this culturecodex.com
Bullies single a person out in the workplace and make their life unbearable. They operate differently from a mainly aggressive person who will harass almost everyone, except perhaps a few select individuals whom they favour. The bully tends to focus on one person, usually someone who is passive and is easy to humiliate to make the bully look powerful. They may also pick on someone they regard as a threat to their advancement. While the bully is generally at the same or higher level to the victim in the company hierarchy, anyone in an organisation regardless of status, age or gender can subject a person to this type of abuse.
The bully will delight in using their aggressive tactics in front of other people and will often choose a very public place in which to abuse the victim. They will get a bigger audience if they put their victim down in a meeting or in the lunch room. Bullying can take many forms. For example, it may involve destructive personal comments; yelling at or criticising the victim so that others can hear; constantly finding fault and/or withholding praise; ostracizing the victim from the group (whether at a business function or in the office); making undue demands and micromanaging (if in authority); attempting to sully the victim’s reputation. The bully will stop at nothing to humiliate the victim. The individual at the receiving end of the abuse may over time be rendered incapable of functioning and fall into depression. Not only can the constant harassment have long-term repercussions for the victim, it can also create a toxic work environment, upset coworkers and even affect the company’s bottom line in lowered performance and absenteeism. If the victim decides to take legal action, the company may be faced with being required to pay him or her compensation.
Understand that while bullies appear in control and super confident, they may have a deep-seated injury within, which comes from childhood. They are often cowards at heart and may have been bullied themselves, verbally or physically abused or emotionally neglected. Their way of coping with their insecurities and low self-esteem, is to become domineering and aggressive. In reality they are kittens in lions’ clothing. This is why the bully will usually back down when challenged or confronted about his or her bullying behaviour.