Workplace bullying is preventable, as long as the victim does not let it grow worse and worse. The previous post suggests that the victims should take on-the-spot response to the bullying. You should make the bullies realize that you do not tolerate it. This way, you can prevent the next bullying actions or behaviors as they will reduce your comfort at workplace.
Workplace Bullying: More Tips on How to overcome it
What if the bullies do not stop even if you have reminded or even warned them? Heidi Lynne Kurter suggests these steps:
Take Detailed Documentation
Many bullying cases go to the directors’ table. However, many victims also fail to prove that they are bullied. As a result, the workplace environment goes uncontrolled and undisciplined. The majority groups keep threatening the minority. Therefore, if you become a victim of workplace bullying, make sure to document the incidents in details. The documentation will help the directors in exposing the patterns of bullying at the company.
In fact, many bullying cases end up in the court. This is particularly true when the bullies are people in strategic positions while the victims take actions. If you cannot find a confidant in the organization, you may seek out legal advice. Hiring a lawyer can be your choice. However, make sure you have concrete evidence on the bullying incidents. This increases your chance to win the cases.
Stick to Facts
Make sure to remain calm and present only facts. Avoid involving emotions, like anger, when you have a meeting with a manager or director about the case. Emotions sometimes make you lose sense and unable to present facts, which are actually important to help you. The documentation may include videos, screenshots of social media chat, recording, notes, and many more/
If after confronting the HR manager or even director you do not notice any improvements, then you can report higher. You can begin from a senior that ranks higher than the bully does. In fact, many bosses are not aware that bullying exists among their employees. A senior officer can take necessary actions to solve the problem and prevent it from repeating.
However, if the threats or workplace bullying continues or if the HR does not take any action, then seek for legal help. Remember that the employment law protects you. You can seek out advice from an attorney. He can explain and guide on what you should do in the next steps of legal action. Again, detailed documentation is the key. Show that this is not a one-time incidence. You can show that the cases happen repeatedly, even after you have complained.
Workplace Bullying: the Bottom Line
The damage caused by workplace bullying is long term, not only for the victims but also for the organization as a whole. No employees should give up to hostile working environment. It leads to many negative effects. Leaving the company is only a mild effect of bullying at workplace. Some victims are deeply affected. They develop not only physical problems, but also mental problems. Many others are unable to re-integrate their life. So, fight the workplace bullying from now on!