Workplace bullying is a common job-related issue. It takes various forms and can include such tactics as verbal, nonverbal, psychological, physical abuse and humiliation by someone of authority to intimidate and harass a co-worker or a subordinate. Because its perpetrator, usually holding a higher position than the victims, seeks to control others in irrational ways that actually prevent work from getting done, this problem can reduce productivity and create an environment of fear and animosity in the workplace.
Because workplace bullies usually holds higher positions in the company, it is a good idea to think it over before reporting their offending behavior to management. Here are some tips on how to deal with an abusive co-worker before reporting it.
Seek the advice of an older co-worker who may have dealt with this situation before.
Confronting the bully will only work if you do it in a calm and professional manner. Never cry or show weakness if you decide to take this step as doing so will only make the bully feel that he is stronger and more powerful than you.
Don’t let the bully succeed. Continue to do your job and do it well. All he wants is for you to fail so don’t give him the pleasure of triumph.
Workplace bullies will do everything to make you fail and that includes spreading rumors that you are not doing your job well. Prove him wrong by impressing your superiors with good performance.
Keep a good working relationship with your other co-workers. If you keep a good interpersonal relationship with the people you work with, they will defend and protect against any bully who is abusing you.
In dealing with a workplace bully, always bear in mind that nobody should ever make you feel uncomfortable at work. If personal efforts to stop the abuse do not work, document every incident in a journal with dates and complete details of the misbehavior. Use these as evidence when you report the abuse to management.