Bullying doesn’t stop at school. Sometimes, it goes on into the workplace. This can be daunting for some, especially if you’re the shy type or the type that doesn’t really assert their way around town. If you’re this type of folk, then today’s your lucky day, sugarplum!
So get a good grip on it and secure your weapon, private! It’s time to lock n’ load!
You know in the army when everyone marches together in sync? Or even simply walking. You are subconsciously defined by how you walk and a bully will see this. If you look vulnerable, they will pounce. You had best start looking tough, fuss ball, or the Sarge here is gonna teach you all about it! Ya got that?
When faced with a bully, threats can be direct or indirect. A direct threat is in-your-face harassment. An indirect threat is when they spread rumors about you. When any of these variations happens to you, you had best confront them in a respectful manner and see what’s what. Test the waters and see how far they’re willing to go.
This is a strange one, this, but whether you like it or not, you may need to defend yourself. Probably even physically defending yourself. Now, hand-to-hand combat is heavily encouraged in the army. Keeps us on our toes. However, in the workplace, everything is lax and usually not necessary. That doesn’t mean you should skip on arm and leg day and let words keep you out of harm’s way. Learn martial arts, is that clear, twinkletoes?
If you’ve done all three and the harassment still doesn’t stop, then you’ll have to go to the HR department and settle it there. They are the only authority above everyone else and that means your chances of getting rid of said bully are higher than if you dealt with it yourself. But if you go to the HR directly without confronting them, they’ll perceive you as weak and may harass you outside work.
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