Workplace Bullies

Are you subject to bullying at your workplace?

Statics report 1 in 3 employees have experienced some form of bullying at work. Workplace bullies most likely began exhibiting these behaviors in grade school through college and moved onto drastically negatively impacting the business world. Take a look at these typical personas to identify if you are subject to bullying in the workplace and you may choose to pursue the necessary help to get yourself into a better and safer work environment.

7 Workplace Bully Personalities
These are generalized personas of workplace bullies you may be encountering.* True bullies come in all varied genders, shapes, sizes and personality types.

1. The Tough Guy (or Gal). This is the most easy to recognize, because they tend to be loud and offensive. Their abusive behavior, yelling and direct conflict tactics are meant to berate and humiliate you and feed into your fear of them and their perceived power.

2. The Officer. This bully gets enjoyment from exerting his or her power over others whether real or perceived power. They keep you down by denying you the tools resources, time or information needed to do your job effectively.

3. The Judge. This bully dismantles your confidence through constant and unwarranted criticism. A critic will look for any possible flaw in your work and aims to to kill your professional credibility.

4. The Imposter A.K.A. The Knife in the Back. To your face this bully acts like a trusted friend or colleague. When you’re out of earshot, this person destroys your reputation and even takes credit for your work.

5. The Meddler. This type of bully wants to be the center of the action at all times. They are continually trying to get on their superior’s good side through consistent flattery. They come on as kind and helpful, especially to new employees. When co-workers don’t provide the right amount of attention these bullies can quickly turn them. They tend to reveal their personal stories and drama in their lives, to extract sympathy which yields more control. These bullies also tend to coax personal information out of you to use it against you later.

6. The Chief. What these bullies offer in technical skill they severely lack in emotional maturity. A chief bully type is considered an expert in his or her own area. They see themselves superior to yourself and and most all coworkers. They cannot consider how their actions affect others, and because they do not accept responsibility for their own actions, they will quickly blame others.

7. The Manipulator. While this bully may be intelligent, charming and charismatic, they lack empathy for others and are experts at manipulating the emotions of others in order to get what they want. They are manic in their behavior when around you, the subject of their abuse. While in front of a circle of their superiors, they appear to be illustrating compassion and exemplifying the supportive colleague. These types will surround themselves with stewards (minions) who are willing to do their dirty work, in exchange for moving up the ranks with them.

*Or any combination of the above.

The information provided here does not claim to provide legal support. Should you require such help, confer with legal specialists. Bullying is not a legal issue, yet workplace bullies are now being recognized as company productivity killers and potential legal threats to employers, so necessary policies have been developed to prevent hostile work environments. You may choose to present your concerns to a trusted employer or your human resource department.

Negative Impact on the Workplace
• Company image
• Morale and loyalty
• Costs
• Insurance premiums
• Employee turnover
• Reduced productivity, efficiency and profitability
• Legal costs from employees who bring lawsuits

Possible Impact on Your WellBeing
• Decreased productivity and work-quality
• Absenteeism
• Self-esteem
• Lack of growth or career advancement
• Depression or anxiety symptoms related to PTSD
• Reactive or erratic behavior
• Paranoia
• Termination
• Home-life/family negative impact
• Isolation

If you or a friend or family member is struggling with their workplace interactions, please reach out to me. Often these scenarios can be cleared up with gentle guidance on self confidence, negative beliefs about yourself or proper forming of boundaries.

To your good mental health,

~Noel McDermott

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