Unfortunately, bullying affects lots of people and happens in many situations, including workplaces but it’s the way it’s dealt with which makes the difference between life being tolerable or a misery. Being bullied, feeling threatened or intimidated is not acceptable. The good thing is that you’re not alone, we’ve got your back. Let’s start by giving you some tips and advice on how to deal with it:
- Get to know your company’s policy
Your employer should have a policy on behaviour in the workplace – find out all the details you can, including processes and the steps you can expect them to take.
- Start informally
If you feel safe enough, the best thing you can do is to first talk to the person who is bullying you. In some cases, they might not be aware how their behaviour is affecting you.
- Make management or HR aware
You might not feel comfortable approaching your bully, instead you’ve got to make the relevant people aware of what’s going on. Whether it’s management, HR, or your trade union, they’ll be able to take steps on your behalf to resolve the issue.
- Keep a diary
This helps show a pattern over time and could be used as evidence. Make a note of the date, time, place, who was involved, what happened and if there were any witnesses. Keep any emails, screenshots of social media posts or photos/videos.
- Talk to someone you trust
They might not be able to solve the problem but it will help you not to feel so alone during this stressful situation. This could be a friend, family member or work-mate.
- Make an official complaint
If you feel like your problem hasn’t been taken seriously and the bullying hasn’t stopped, you can make an official complaint. Your employee handbook will detail this process.
Talk to us…
If you’re suffering from bullying and you work, or have worked, in the automotive industry, please get in touch. You don’t have to suffer in silence, we are here for you.
You can call us, chat with us online or send us an email. And, you can find out more about bullying, including tips to cope with it, by returning to our Bullying or Top searches pages.