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    Bullying in the Workplace

    Wildings List of 10 signs of bullying at the workplace

    Workplace bullying can be hard to identify, you may not recognize it unless you face severe mistreatment or abuse. Harassment and assaults can result from a small number of fairly serious incidents, whereas bullying tends to be an accumulation of many small incidents over a long period of time. Out of context each of these incidents seems trivial and not significant enough to constitute an offence or grounds for disciplinary or grievance action.
    Workplace bullying Definition:
    Workplace bullying is described Tim Field Foundation 2015, as “Bulling is conduct that cannot be objectively justified by a reasonable code of conduct, and whose likely or actual cumulative effect is to threaten, undermine, constrain, humiliate or harm another person or their property, reputation, self-esteem, self-confidence or ability to perform”.

    Who is the bully?

    If you work with others, chances are you may have been bullied at some point in your career. You could be bullied by managers, co-workers or subordinates, or even by clients or customers. Unlike bullying at school level, where people are bullied for being different or physically vulnerable or socially isolated, workplace bullying usually happens with people who are intelligent, creative and actively participate to contribute new and innovative ideas. Skilled workers, always meeting their deadlines, working hard and gaining recognition for their work often attract the attention of the workplace bullies. The bullies will target the workers because they either feel inferior or they fear that their own work is being outshined by the target’s work and abilities. Bully bosses, in particular, will target skilled workers and either steal the credit or undermine the target’s work.

    Its common knowledge that bullies are often found to be insecure, selfish and vindictive people. Their aim is to diminish, demean and ultimately demolish their victim through regular, persistent, and increasingly hostile behaviour. They cause their victim to have self-doubt and to become under confident and withdrawn.
    * 10 signs that you may be being bullied at work:*

    Identifying if you are being bullied can be difficult, here are 10 signs to help you identify that you are being bullied at work, this list is not mutually exclusive.

    1. You dread going to work and it is not because you don’t like the work you do. It may be because the work environment makes you feel uncomfortable.

    2. You are not getting credit for your work and your efforts are not being appreciated.

    3. You and your peers are being treated unequally. Other people at your work may be receiving preferential treatment.

    4. You are being picked on and all your decisions are being questioned.

    5. You are no longer invited to attend official meetings, events or informal events, which you attended before, without any valid explanation. You feel socially isolated and peers have reduced interaction with you.

    6. You are subjected to humiliation, insults and abuse. You feel ‘ganged-up’ on and are made fun of.

    7. If someone at work is undermining your self-confidence causing self-doubt. You feel intimidated by them and don’t want to be in their presence.

    8. Your suggestions and opinions are not considered in matters that also involve you. You feel that you are being ignored or left out.

    9. You and your work are criticized unfairly publically or in private.

    10. You have been having stress related health issues. Suffer from anxiety,
      depression, loss of appetite and sleeping issues. You are often lethargic and tired and are not able to enjoy time off of work due to worrying about work.

    If you suffer from any of these signs you may be a victim of bullying and may not have realized it yet. Bullying can have drastic effects on your health. It can be related to both metal and physical health issues. Once you have identified your situation speak to a trusted authority within the organisation that can help you with this issue. If you feel that you’re not being heard or no appropriate action has been taken by your company, you might seek outside advice. Familiarize yourself with your rights as an employee. Speak to a qualified professional about the laws and regulations that come under Employment Law and discuss your issues in detail regarding bullying at workplace.

    At Wildings Solicitors, we are sympathetic to your cause and will provide you with the care and advice you need. Also seek professional help to deal with the physical and mental issues caused due to prolonged bullying. Focus on reducing stress levels and improving your health. Good health and a clear mind will help you to make the best possible decision.

    To find out how Wildings Solicitors can help, visit our service page.


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