Learn how to identify and deal with bullies at work.
When we think about bullies, we often think about kids who make life miserable for their classmates.
They might steal lunch money, copy homework, or even threaten physical harm. Sometimes, they seem to engage in malicious behavior just for the fun of it.
Unfortunately, some of these people continue this sort of behavior when they grow up. Bullying is alarmingly common in some workplaces, whether it involves shouting at people in meetings, making snide comments behind people's backs, or sabotaging others' work.
In this article, we'll look at what workplace bullying is, how you can recognize it, and how you can protect yourself from it.
The Workplace Bullying Institute defines bullying as "repeated, health-harming mistreatment of one or more persons (the targets) by one or more perpetrators, that takes one or more of the following forms:
Most Western cultures use the term "workplace bullying" to define repeated and enduring intimidation at work. French-speaking countries refer to "harcèlement moral," or "moral harassment." And, in Germany and Scandinavia, workplace bullying is known as "mobbing."
Bullying behaviors can take many forms. Some of these are obvious, but you may struggle to identify others, even when you are the target.
Bullies may do the following:
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