And here we all thought this kind of crap ended in high school. Apparently not.
There are individuals who seem to thrive off of intimating others. This creates a hostile work environment and I for one have little patience for such piss poor attitudes.
I have seen so much unprofessional behavior through my years it astounds me these individuals have lasted as long as they have. The best thing when placed in such a situation is to simply ignore the individual…be the better person and if such behaviors continues then it’s time to alert that employee if they don’t stop then you will take it up with their supervisor. Simply no place for immature ignorance. At the end of the day it isn’t that serious. There are more pressing matters to attend to…….
Workplace Bullying is repeated, health-harming mistreatment of one or more persons (the targets) by one or more perpetrators that takes one or more of the following forms:
- Verbal abuse
- Offensive conduct/behaviors (including nonverbal) which are threatening, humiliating, or intimidating
- Work interference — sabotage — which prevents work from getting done
- Is driven by perpetrators’ need to control the targeted individual(s).
- Is initiated by bullies who choose their targets, timing, location, and methods.
- Escalates to involve others who side with the bully, either voluntarily or through coercion.
- Undermines legitimate business interests when bullies’ personal agendas take precedence over work itself.
- Is akin to domestic violence at work, where the abuser is on the payroll.
Read more about Bullying in comparison to Schoolyard Bullying, Workplace Violence and Incivility.
There is no need to be a victim. Stand up for yourself but do it in a way that it doesn’t jeopardize your job because then that bully wins. Be tactful, keep your contact with this person short if you have to communicate and if they refuse to leave you alone then you should see your immediate supervisor. Work is stressful enough without adding to the mix.