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Workplace bullying or harassment: face it with these 3 actions

The workplace harassment or bullying has consequences not only in your professional life, can also affect you on a personal level! Implement these tips and kill him.

The bullying work, better known as mobbing is as old social problem as the work itself, but in recent decades has become important in the field of Human Resources as one of the greatest threats to the balance of any worker and any company.

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In 2020 we applied a survey to find out if most employees have been victims of this type of harassment. The results were shocking: 7 out of 10 respondents have been the victim of harassment by their bosses or superior staff.

How to identify workplace harassment?

The World Health Organization defines mobbing as a situation of recurrent violence or harassment directed at a person with the aim of isolating him from a work group; it is characterized by cruel and hostile behaviors that turn into psychological torture for the victim. Some manifestations can be:

  • Rumors and slander
  • Isolate or exclude a person
  • Insults or nicknames
  • Ignoring or not letting someone participate
  • Threaten

The consequences for the victims of this type of abuse translate into psychological problems such as anguish and depression; physical such as weight loss, headaches, or insomnia; work as poor performance, absenteeism, and social as family problems and loss of interpersonal relationships.

But companies also lose, which is why more and more companies are implementing internal programs to report and prevent inappropriate work behaviors, and for their part, institutions for the protection of workers' rights open spaces to report abuses.

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Measures to end bullying

If you have been the target of recurrent aggressive behavior in your workplace, it is time to act to put an end to it and prevent it from affecting your professional and personal life. Apply these 3 tips to deal with it:

1. Identify the abuse

A colleague who frequently criticizes you, excludes you from important meetings, withholds information from you, spreads gossip or rumors about you, or takes credit for your work may be mobbing you.

In general, the main purpose of these attitudes will be to move you or leave you 'out of the game' and obtain benefits for your person.

The first step to stop this type of behavior is to coldly analyze how this person's behavior is. Does he behave like this with other colleagues or only with you? Is it persistent in its behaviors or are they occasional? Does it really affect your work or is it just uncomfortable?

It is vitally important to evaluate the situation to identify if the person who bothers us has clear intentions to harm our work or is just a conflictive person who makes other colleagues uncomfortable. In this case, ignoring and avoiding the person may be the best strategy. However, if your behavior is really affecting our performance, we need to act on it.

2. Confront it

The more professional our attitude in the office, the better we can manage our working relationships. It is important to avoid getting emotional and putting a limit on the abuser while remaining in control.

Do not become an easy target, when a malicious person seeks to harm your work it is important that you openly express that you do not like their attitudes. For example, if a person makes aggressive comments in front of other people, it is appropriate to stop him with a "I think the tone of your comment is not appropriate."

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Do not ignore the abuse or let it go, act smart, control emotion and express firmness. Be strong and show that person that you don't like their attitude and that you are not going to allow it.

3. Complaint

The most appropriate thing when a mobbing situation is getting out of control or is reducing your performance is to communicate it with your immediate boss or human resources department.

It is important that you bring solid arguments and evidence that dealing with this person is affecting your work. Again, avoid being dominated by emotion when expressing your discontent, remember that you are an adult person, capable of behaving in a professional manner.

The more rational and controlled your complaint is, it will be easier to be heard by the company and demand a solution.

What do I do if I have a harassing boss?

When the person who bothers us is our superior, the first step is to seek dialogue and talk about the behaviors that bother us, it is necessary to be professional and speak clearly. If the situation does not improve, another alternative is to seek support with the Human Resources department, request a change of area and even seek new job opportunities.

The battle against labor abuse is barely being addressed in our country, little by little initiatives by companies and government institutions are emerging to create spaces for reporting and imposing sanctions. This will also ensure the safety of employees in the workplace.

Remember that when we are attacked it is very important to protect our integrity and act as soon as possible.