Learn why bullying happens—because bullies are really just afraid of being seen as incompetent, and that targets of bullying also play a role in the relationship by not being assertive.
- In an organization of 18,000 people,…a team of eight who managed employee benefits…had worked together for a long time.…The group was assigned a new manager when theirs retired,…and their world was rocked.…To the group, this manager seemed to choose one employee…and bully her until she quit.…Then she'd choose a new target and bully her until she quit.…Before long, this manager had eight new employees,…and the old team had been disbanded.…Why does stuff like that happen?…Well, first, let's take a look…at the person doing the bullying.…
I know that it can seem like bullying is intentional,…but honestly, that's just not true.…People who bully do so…because they have a whole lot of insecurity.…They desire to be seen as uber-competent…and they live in fear of that facade being broken down.…People who bully also lack…social and emotional intelligence,…the ability to manage their own emotions…and the emotions of others.…And they lack communication skills.…They might also lack leadership skills.…If they learned from a former manager that beating people up…
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- Defining workplace bullying
- Reframing the situation
- Building your confidence
- Assertively standing up for yourself in person and in emails
- Changing your body language
- Gathering documentation
- Communicating with HR