you’re an unfortunate victim of workplace bullying – six out of ten people have
after all – you may be wondering just how to address the situation. Your boss
is likely the person with the most power in terms of dealing with it – but how
do you go about telling them?
are five ways to bring up workplace bullying to your boss.
Schedule a meeting with them
you’re wanting an in-depth, honest discussion about the bullying, be sure to
schedule a sit-down meeting with your boss. Often, it requires thorough
explanation so the severity of the bullying can be realised; emotions, effects
and subsequent hindrances you’ve experienced all need to be spoken about, and a
meeting will allow you to say everything you need to.
could help if you bring the bully in, too – if you feel comfortable, of course.
Depending on just how violent or nasty the bully has become, it could be worth
bringing them in so they can understand the effects of their actions.
Plant the seed by mentioning it in
past your boss in the corridor? When they ask how you’re doing, mention in
passing a brief comment which alludes to the bullying. It doesn’t have to be an
explicit, tell-all information, but just enough to make them think about it.
Try and showcase your emotions, and they’ll likely be all ears.
Bosses have your happiness and comfort in the workplace in their best interest,
and so if you allude to a problem you’re having, they’ll be likely to take
action to resolve it. You might find that this passing comment you make will be
the catalyst that’ll put the bullying to an eventual end.
Show them evidence
you’re making bold claims about being bullied in the workplace, your boss may
unfortunately not believe you. It does happen, and can leave victims feeling
downbeat, frustrated and at their wit’s end with the situation. So, if
possible, make sure you provide evidence to back it up.
it’s photographs of something they’ve done, screenshots or voice recordings,
having concrete evidence of their actions is the best way to get your boss to
understand the severity of the conflict. Bullies often find sneaky, roundabout
ways to get at their victims, so catch them in the act and they’ll be left
exposed for all to see.
Suggest potential remedies
discussing the situation with your boss, be sure to think up some potential remedies that would make you
feel happy and more comfortable in the workplace, as well as putting the
bullying to an end. As previously mentioned, your happiness is your boss’
highest priority, so they’ll be willing to work to a result.
may be worth having the bully around for this part, as you’ll then be able to
work out any issues you have and come together for a future plan. It’s the only
way you’ll be able to put the bullying to an end.
Showcase your unhappiness
bottle it up. If and when your boss asks what the problem is, be sure to
express your unhappiness. Putting on a brave face and pretending nothing is
wrong may seem like the most convenient and suitable option in the workplace,
but you won’t do yourself any favours – your suffering will continue.
sure you’re as open and transparent with your boss as possible. They’ll
appreciate your proactive nature, and will likely be quick to find a remedy to
keep you happy and working hard.
have any more tips for dealing with workplace bullying? Be sure to let us know
in the comments below.