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Workplace Bullying: The Tech Tea with Kimberly

What qualifies as workplace bullying?

Attempts to sabotage your work, prevent you from completing your work, or make your boss or colleagues question your competence. Making derogatory, mocking, or intimidating comments to or about you, or your work. Spreading gossip or rumors that are designed to discourage or upset you, or affect how other colleagues perceive you.

Let's get serious for a minute. We spend too much time at work to be subjected to any type of inappropriate behaviors. Let's dive into this workplace bullying fact for now.

I have been subjected to this during my 25 year career journey, but not often because I will speak up for myself. Males have soon backed off and some females have tried to turn the tables as if I did something to them. People don't like it when you don't just let them treat you any kind of way. Bullyish people know how to play the victim role when they find you to be a difficult target.

If you are being bullied at work, say something...TELL SOMEBODY!

Some people have become professionals at being bullies and being toxic. They have been allowed to get away with it for so long, they are very confident in the behavior.

What are some factors that contribute to workplace bullying?

One of the main explanations for why bullying occurs emphasizes characteristics associated with the workplace environment, including job design. Specifically, prior research has linked bullying to work-related factors and stressors such as job insecurity, workload, role conflict/ambiguity, and cognitive demands of the job.

I have observed that workplace bullies are very immature and insecure. They often feel bigger by making others miserable.

If you are being bullied...GET HELP!

I have two things for you:

  1. A hug...because I understand being bullied at work

Who knew that there was an entire institute dedicated to this?

HR Professionals...this is a real thing and I would love to get your take on the subject. Comment below.

Let's support each other as we look at making the workplace environment better.


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Cynthia Moran
Cynthia Moran
Aug 30, 2021

In some instances, the workplace "bully" isn't aware they're bullying. Their insecurities and jealousy towards the person have convinced them their actions are warranted. If they do not have true introspective moments, YOU will always be the problem.


Sherry Bellomo
Sherry Bellomo
Aug 25, 2021

I can't say that I have been bullied at work but I can tell you that it breaks my heart when anyone is bullied. Having a special needs grandson, it makes me so sad to know, undoubtedly, that he will be the victim of bullies. It has happened already and he is only six. Life is always full of challenges, which in and of itself is a good thing, and it takes guts, determination, vision, persistence, etc. just to hang in there. Anyone putting anyone else down needs to take a long hard look at themselves.

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