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How can I deal with a work bully?

It’s an unfortunate fact that many Florida workplaces are home to bullies. While this may seem like a problem relegated to the classroom, bullying behavior can make your work life extremely unpleasant or even hostile in some cases. That’s why The Balance offers the following advice, which will help you deal with bullies and ensure they are brought to the attention of your supervisors.

Establish boundaries

It’s up to you to establish firm boundaries with your bully. Additionally, you must hold firm to your boundaries during every instance of bad behavior, which can be tough to maintain. Using clear language state exactly what your bully is doing and why it’s problematic. Explain how it’s impacting your work and take steps to either remove yourself from the situation or have your bully vacate the premises. If this step fails to elicit results, you’ll need to move to the next one.

Address the bully directly

Confrontation is tough for many people, but it’s the best way to stop bullying behavior. Refrain from making personal statements; instead, focus on conduct. If co-workers are also affected by this behavior, try to enlist them in your effort. Also, make you document every step in the process. This information will be helpful during the next step.

Contact management

If your efforts are unsuccessful, take the case to management. Present your evidence and describe the steps you took to deal with the issue on your own. Emphasize how the bully is affecting your work output, and have any others experiencing similar issues provide their perspective. If you’re unsure of how to report an issue, check your human resources handbook. There should be information on how to file a complaint, as well as what types of behaviors are not allowed. 

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