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Bullying or harassment in your workplace

Empowering females with ways to prevent being a victim to workplace bullies and find outlets for the negativity it can bring in how you view yourself and into your life

"Bullying is conduct that cannot be objectively justified by a reasonable code of conduct, and whose likely or actual cumulative effect is to threaten, undermine, constrain, humiliate or harm another person or their property, reputation, self-esteem, self-confidence or ability to perform."

Tim Field Foundation 2015

There are ways to try to stop a workplace bully. There are also ways to try and prevent yourself being a victim to workplace bullies. Your workplace should support you, even if the bully is your boss - perhaps its HR or perhaps your team can come up with strategies. Keep focused on the goal that bullying - anywhere including your workplace - is NOT ok. Its best to try to get the bullying behaviour stopped so it doesn't move onto someone else. However, if there is absolutely no way to get it stopped then give thought to getting out of the situation as it can be damaging to your mental health - that might be a new team or a new company.

Be sure to also deal with the consequence of how the bully is making you feel and your perception of yourself as its likely to be distorted and not reflect reality. What bullies say and the way they make you feel isn't likely to be factually correct - bullies can just be mean, manipulating and controlling. Spend some time thinking about how you feel about yourself and whether its true or just a result of the mean behaviour of the bully.

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