Wiki: "Workplace bullying, like childhood bullying, is the tendency of individuals or groups to use persistent aggressive or unreasonable behaviour against a co-worker or subordinate. Workplace bullying can include such tactics as verbal, nonverbal, psychological, physical abuse and humiliation. This type of aggression is particularly difficult because unlike the typical forms of school bullying, workplace bullies often operate within the established rules and policies of their organization and their society. Bullying in the workplace is in the majority of cases reported as having been perpetrated by management and takes a wide variety of forms:
- Unfair treatment
- Public humiliation
- Regular threats of dismissal
- Any form of undermining behaviour
- Credit for work attributed to others
- Denial of promotion or training opportunities
- Quick to criticism and slow praise
- Character assassination
- Malicious rumors
- Smear campaigns
- Social ostracism
- Physical assault"
These fun and games take place over time, and before you know it we are seriously wondering why we are working in this environment at all. What are we doing here again?
So what can we do when we're niggled at?