Here are some of the ways employees consider that they were bullied while on the job:

  • Falsely accused of mistakes he/she didn’t make
  • Comments being ignored, dismissed or not acknowledged
  • A different set of standards or policies used for the worker
  • Gossip spread about the worker
  • Constantly criticized by the boss or co-workers
  • Belittling comments made about the person’s work during meetings
  • Yelled at by the boss in front of co-workers
  • Purposely excluded from projects or meetings
  • Credit for his/her work was “stolen”
  • Picked on for personal attributes (race, gender, appearance, etc.)

The definition of bullying at work will vary considerably depending on whom you talk to. It’s often a gray area, but when someone feels bullied, it typically involves a

pattern of behavior where there is a gross lack of professionalism, consideration and respect – and that can come in various shapes and sizes. Whether it’s through intimidation, personal insults or behavior that is more passive-aggressive, bullying can be harmful to the individual and the organization overall.
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