Employees across Pennsylvania put in a hard day’s work every single day. Most of the time, employees form part of a team who get along reasonably well. Bosses can be supportive and the employer/employee relationship might be mutually beneficial.
Unfortunately, things do not always go to plan and employment relationships can break down. While a boss may be required to be firm at times in order to get the highest levels of productivity, this should not cross the line into bullying behavior.
Common types of bullying behaviors include undermining you, spreading malicious rumors, excluding you and making you feel scared. If this is your experience at work, what exactly can you do about it?
Recognize that bullying is not normal
Sadly, victims of bullying often blame themselves. It is important to refrain from this and recognize that a bully is most likely frustrated by their own shortcomings, rather than your behavior.
There is no right or wrong approach to tackling bullying. What’s important is that you do something rather than accept it. If you don’t want to do this for your sake, think about the co-workers who you respect and care for. They might have to go through the exact same experience.
Bullying is a serious accusation, especially when it concerns an employee at a higher level. It is vital to gather all the evidence that you can. If fellow colleagues have witnessed the behavior, make sure that they are willing to testify as such. You may also find it beneficial to write everything down, including the time and dates of incidents. This will help you to recall them if asked at a later time.
It’s easier said than done, but you should try your best to carry out your work duties while an investigation takes place. This means that your boss will have no ammunition should they make counterclaims. As you address the workplace bullying you have been subjected to, remember that you have numerous legal rights.