A friend confided that her co-worker was the classic bully. Intimidating and demeaning. She spent most of her energy trying to stay out of his line of fire.
What she described was the classic workplace bully who used sexually harassing comments and inuendos to put other people down.
Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome or unwanted conduct of a sexual nature, whether it is verbal, visual or physical, that creates an intimidating or detrimental work environment, or leads to job-related consequences.
It can trigger a variety of stress-related illnesses, relationship difficulties and upset productivity and engagement. Click to tweet
Dealing with a bully can be very difficult and unfortunately more than a third of working Canadians have experienced it or been effected by it. It can trigger a variety of stress-related illnesses, relationship difficulties and upset productivity and engagement. Educating around bullying prevention and developing strong policies and procedures to deter it are the most effective means of minimizing its occurrence and impact.
Beverly’s Hot Tip for Bullying Awareness Week using the Proactive Personal Response :
1. Tell the Offender
3. If it continues, let supervisor or Designated Officer know
It is not easy to stand up to a harasser but use the policies and supports that you have available to help you.
If you have some strategies to share – comment on this posting!