We often hear about bullying. It can ruin lives and can, in extreme cases, end them. It is counter-productive and unnecessary and it can be challenged.
“What can I do about bullying?”
- Your first step is to keep an incident log. As soon as possible after each incident (however trivial it seems) write down the date, time, circumstances, any witnesses, any triggers for the incident not forgetting your own response.
- Include any emails, memos, texts. Bullies can forget that they are leaving a trail of evidence.
- Keep your professionally worded responses too, as to protect yourself.
- When you have an evidence base, take it to your union rep. or caseworker. You will be given a union representative to advise you, protect you and if necessary, speak for you.
- Try to present your log concisely, provide additional information when required.
- You may be able to approach a line manager to discuss the situation. Only you will know whether your working relationship will allow this. If in doubt, allow your union rep to guide you or make the first contact.
- Do watch to see how other people are being treated. Bullies like to divide and rule, to have favourites of the moment.
- Don’t be tempted to begin a gossip campaign – protect yourself from being accused of any unprofessional activity.
- Bullies don’t like to be challenged or exposed, and may step up their campaign to get rid of their challenger. Protect yourself by avoiding direct confrontation, allow your union rep to assist you.
- Workplace bullying, like any form of abuse, must be stamped out. Tell someone. If they can’t help you, tell someone else and keep telling.
- Be careful, but do not feel you must “put up with” bullying, or that it will go away if you “keep your head down”.
- Be prepared to ask for help and to give help to your bullied colleagues. Your union can support a co-ordinated response if you stand together.
You don’t have to face bullying alone.
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