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Stop bullying at work

Linda Shallcross, director of Workplace Mobbing Australia, defines mobbing as „a deliberate attempt to force a person out of their workplace by humiliation, general harassment, emotional abuse, or terror“

Conflict at work is normally about quantifiable data, a difference of opinion, or competing interests and options. These situations can be uncomfortable, but sometimes they are necessary for a company to move forward.

Mobbing, on the other hand, is not directed to facts or data, but to your character. In fact, mobbing is suffered in many cases by high performers that threaten a mediocre status quo.

It starts with some vague criticism about your punctuality, lack of willingness to collaborate, some unimportant details in your work, or some personality traits. Mobbing maximizes your negatives and ignores all your positives.

The bully continues trying to isolate you and getting other workers and management against you. Here is where the bully gets a mob to play along.

You feel:

  1. Isolated.

  2. Depressed.

  3. Anxious.

  4. Edgy.

  5. Powerless.

  6. Your focus plummets.

  7. You question your own value.

This is exactly what the bully wants: For you to make mistakes, to get angry, and to be unfocused, so they can give proof of your inability to work. Their goal is to ruin your reputation.

This is what you need to do to feel empowered and in control again: