It’s inevitable that at some point in time you will encounter workplace bullying. Someone might be having a bad day or in some cases they may not know that they are doing it. There are some cases of workplace bullying that are obvious whether it be a verbal or physical action that give it away. However, there are some cases of workplace bullying that you may not have known where bullying at all. Here are some of the most common:
- Stealing Credit. You’re doing hard work and you’ve come up with a wonderful idea which you either mention to or work on with your superiors or another coworker. However, this superior or coworker portrays themselves to others as having both come up with and followed through with the idea with no mention of yourself. They say the idea is theirs and you get no recognition. It’s unfortunate because you get neither the credits nor the benefits of completing the project or implementing the idea.
- Failing to return calls or ignoring emails. This happens quite often. In the workplace people need to work together to get jobs done. Everyone has their own plans, timelines, and deadlines to get work done. However, when someone doesn’t return your calls or emails that can set everyone behind within the workplace. At times doctors may need to request time off, changes, or approvals of some sort and when there is no word back it can ruin a schedule and even hurt the business. Intentionally ignoring emails or phone calls because of not doing what was requested is a form of workplace bullying.
- Flaunting status. Almost always in work you will have someone who is superior to you, however when this person exploits their status it can become an issue. They want to be a leader but instead of building up the personnel they may bring out the negatives or the instances where someone has messed up. Their thought process isn’t that mistakes are risks one takes to continue improving and learning but that they are failures. You feel that the environment is oppressing, and you cannot bring up any ideas for fear that if it doesn’t work you will be negatively impacted.
- Withholding information. In many instances information can be considered power. You may be surprised to find out that another department has withheld information that you may need to do well within the workplace. You may not be alerted to changes to meeting locations or times in which important information is disseminated. This can be devastating if those changes include policies within the workplace or policies needed to properly work with patients. Not having information about changes in insurances and the way they are reimbursed could delay payments even longer and result in losses for the business.
- Leading people on. This occurs when someone congratulates you or celebrates your accomplishments to lead you on or use you. This may even go hand in hand with stealing credit for your work or may be a tactic to make you feel as though you are doing well when you could be doing much more. They act as though you are perfect where you are and may make sarcastic commentary towards your work. This is a difficult one to catch onto as you may not be able to tell that the person is being dishonest.
What can you do?
- Cleanse your mind. Remember that this is not your fault, so you shouldn’t be blaming yourself. This may be happening which is unintentional, but if it is intentional you shouldn’t let it get to you emotionally. Take a day or two off and consider your hard work and the positives about your job. Understand that what is important is that the job gets done in the best possible way.
- Documentation is everything. This isn’t necessarily to show anyone, but just to have as evidence and a reminder of what things were done, when, and where. In this way you have detailed information and you know that this isn’t just something that you’re saying or trying to recall off the top of your head. You have written it down when it is still fresh in your mind. This may help you in the next step.
- Have a civilized talk. If your bully is stealing your credit, not returning messages, or any of the above-mentioned forms of bullying then perhaps it is time you talk to them. Be as positive as possible in mentioning what it is that they are doing and how it is negatively affecting both your ability to work and the company’s ability to thrive and move forward.
- Leave your job. This isn’t the first thing that you should consider especially if you love your work and you are doing well there. Try the before mentioned steps before coming to this conclusion. But there is no shame in leaving your workplace if nothing changes. You shouldn’t have to put up with any type of bullying, especially within your workplace.