In my first post I spoke about bullying in the workplace. What should one do when placed in a position wherein your head misuses the power given to her by the institution and tries her best to make your life miserable? What should one do when one is in a situation where one does not look forward to going in to work everyday?
Sadly, I have been placed in such a position in my workplace. I am being constantly harassed and pressured on a daily basis by a person who unfortunately has been given a position of authority by the institution for which I work.
Should I decide not to be a victim and fight back? But that fight will ultimately cause distress to me and put me under more pressure. Or should I bow out of the situation?
What is to be done about people who use their authority to harass and disrespect those who are below them in the hierarchy of an organisation? I would welcome comments, suggestions and advice from all those who read my post.
We all tend to think that bullying is restricted to childhood but it may come as a surprise to many to know that bullying often takes places in adulthood and is extended to the workplace as well.
Unfortunately, the bully is usually the one in the position of power in the workplace. The said bully does not hesitate to misuse his power to bully his underlings. Of course the bully can also be a colleague, usually a senior one.
What has prompted this post is that I have been a victim of bullying in the workplace and from experience, I would like to say that the only way to deal with it is to call the bully out for what he or she is! We all need to remember that every bully is fundamentally a coward and that he or she will always back down when confronted.