Whether you're aware or not, bullying is a common occurrence in the work arena. To explore and dig deeper into this topic, TopResume recently surveyed more than 1, working professionals. The results were very telling. Of the 1, respondents, only four percent said they have never felt bullied in the workplace; that means a whopping 96 percent of respondents have felt bullied at work. And, if you think bullying only comes from those in a position of power, like a manager or a boss, think again. In that same survey, 25 percent of respondents said they have felt bullied by a peer or co-worker.
The lead software engineer makes snide remarks about the product development process during team meetings. He publicly denounces the marketing team too. Bullies are scary, shocking, embarrassing and far too often tolerated in the workplace. During coaching Paul realized how he tolerates, and even allows, this unacceptable behavior. We all avoid uncomfortable human relations issues sometimes… but what is the cost?
Watch out for these 8 workplace bully personality types
Remember that rude behavior does not equal strength. The main key in knowing how to handle bullies is to understand that this is a form of manipulation that has worked for them in the past. Their goal is to control and dominate any given situation.
Workplace bullying is a persistent pattern of mistreatment from others in the workplace that causes either physical or emotional harm. It can include such tactics as verbal , nonverbal , psychological , physical abuse and humiliation. This type of workplace aggression is particularly difficult because, unlike the typical school bully , workplace bullies often operate within the established rules and policies of their organization and their society.