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Workplace Bullying Target

 

If you believe that you could be a target of workplace bullying, it is important to look into the matter further so that appropriate measures can be taken toward a resolution. Remember, bullying consists of REPEATED behaviors over the course of a period of time. Asking yourself the following questions can help you to determine whether you are a target of workplace bullying:

 

Does the thought of going to work regularly cause me to become extremely anxious or physically ill?
Do I feel like I am treated differently than the others?
Do I feel like no matter what I do I fail at my job?
Is someone else always taking credit fo my work or criticizing or interfering with successful completion of my work for no reason?
Do I constantly get yelled at or put down when other people are around?
Are people spreading rumors about me?
Do people repeatedly and purposely exclude me from things?

 

If you find yourself answering "yes" to one or more of these questions, it is possible that you could be a target of workplace bullying. Bullying can not only impact your experience at work, but also can cause stress, anxiety and other health-related issues for you and others if it is not addressed. Below are the steps that you can take to resolve the issue:

 

1. Document the incidents. It is helpful to be as detailed as possible and be sure to include as much information as you can regarding specific examples, dates, times locations, etc.
2. Express your concerns directly with the person(s) you perceive to be bullying you. It is possible that they are unaware of how their actions are affecting you and a simple conversation could resolve the issue. Click Here for tips on conflict resolution.
3. Factor in a discussion with a supervisor or department/division head if you do not feel comfortable addressing this directly with the person you perceive to be bullying you or you did address the issue and feel it is still unresolved.
4. Email Trish Seningen in the Office of Human Resources at pseningen@wcupa.edu or call at extension 3109 at any time if you have any questions or concerns regarding workplace bullying; you feel that your discussions with the above-referenced individuals were not successful; and/or you do not feel comfortable discussing your concerns with the above-referenced individuals.
5. Allow some time for an investigation to occur. The person(s) in which you address your concerns, unless it is directly with the person in which you perceive to be bullying you, will conduct an investigation as soon as possible to ensure a proper resolution is reached.
6. Take advantage of additional resources available as you see fit such as SEAP and training opportunities.

 

* Employees also should comply with any/all collective bargaining agreement processes