Employers must create a safe and welcoming environment for their employees. This entails dealing with any issues that arise in a timely manner, particularly personal issues that develop between the staff.
Sadly, workplace bullying is a very real concern for many people. And while it does not always rise to the level of harassment, severe criticisms, insults, and hostility are no laughing matter. Accordingly, here are a few steps you can take to address the issue.
Document all interactions with the person
The best thing you can do about bullying and harassment is to build a case against the other person. Take note of all interactions you have with the other party, no matter how brief. Jot down the date and time they took place, as well as a summary of what they said to you. You should also save any text or email correspondence, as it can help you build an even stronger case.
Speak with other people in your office
Many workplace bullies target numerous individuals. As a result, consider asking around about other peoples’ experiences. There is strength in numbers, especially when it comes to reporting the bully’s behaviors. Do not pressure anyone to do anything they are not comfortable with, simply ask questions about their experiences for greater insight.
Report the situation to a manager
If the situation persists, the next step is to speak with a manager or human resources if applicable. Present your case and your evidence to the manager and answer their questions to the best of your ability. If other members of your workplace have experienced similar behaviors, as them to accompany you to the meeting.
Your manager should take the necessary steps to stop bullying behaviors and maintain a friendly environment. If they do not, you may need to explore your legal options to get help with the issue.