Everyone avoids (or blindsided) workplace bullying around them. You may be the bully, you may be the one being bullied, or you see one of your colleagues being bullied by your boss. Either way, it is most likely to affect you as an employee. Well, is there any workplace bullying in your office?

Workplace bullying often is a pattern of actions over a long period of time. You can’t really be a hero, and change it in a day. This is also why workplace bullying so often goes undetected in the workplace, since it is usually subtle, slow, and an insidious mistreatment.

Because it often goes under the radar, most people don’t want to have to deal with the bullies. We are forced to ‘tolerate’ them, even though they are scary and it could be embarrassing. Now, it is probably the right time to learn whether there is bullying in your workplace, before you can do something to stop it.

Here are 10 subtle signs of bullying, that you are more likely missed out:

  • Ignoring

Purposefully “forgetting” someone, such as not inviting him/her to a meeting, and not paying attention to them for long period of time.

  • Isolation

A bit heavier than “ignoring”. The bully is making someone to feel socially or physically excluded from a group.

  • Deceit

Repeatedly lying, not telling the truth, concealing the truth, in order to get a colleague in trouble.

  • Undermining work

Deliberate blocking someone’s work, achievement, or advancement.

  • Impossible expectations

Giving nearly impossible workload for an employee, with the purpose to set up him/her to fail. Constantly changing someone’s work guideline is also considered as bullying.

  • Creating a feeling of uselessness

Intentionally making someone feel underused by rarely delegating tasks or communicating with the employee. Also, giving an employee his/her unfavourable tasks and responsibilities.

  • Criticism

Putting someone as an object of criticism, usually for unwarranted reasons.

  • Intimidation

Any fear-inducing communication and behaviour to another employee.

  • Blaming constantly

Blaming others for problems or issues, which eventually making someone is the problem, inadequate and unworthy.

  • Excessive compliments and flattery

While it doesn’t sounds like bullying, it is when conducted to lower an employee’s defenses to manipulation.

 

Apart from those subtle signs, there vivid examples of workplace bullying that you may often notice, such as aggression and public embarrassment. Observe your office now! Workplace bullying needs to stop as soon as possible.

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