How to Handle Bullying in The Workplace
Workplace bullying has become a big topic over the past few years. Some statistics suggest that up to 35 percent of the work force have fallen victim to this some sort of intimidation or harassment while trying to do their job. It’s a fact that bullying has become an unpleasant fact of life among many workplaces. It can be even worse when it comes after someone has left a job, with the bullying employee continuing to make their life difficult by giving them a poor reference to a prospective employer.
There are a number of workplace bullying tactics – they can range from physical abuse, to public humiliation to simply making derogatory comments. It can affect victims very seriously. Any sort of workplace bullying can cause a loss of confidence, debilitating anxiety, panic attacks, clinical depression and even physical illnesses.
One of the most central aspects of the issue is the fact that management or supervisors are the most likely to be doing the bullying, and their bullying actions leave the recipient in a difficult position with regards to their employment. Do you stand up against your manager or employer and risk being sacked?
Fortunately, there is a solution in place if you find yourself in such a scenario. If you find yourself being the victim of a workplace bully who is speaking out of turn when responding to an employment inquiry, employees can exercise their right to the option of a ‘cease and desist’ letter or pursue further legal action. Such tools can help to ensure that the bully will have to stop their way of acting for fear of legal reprisal.