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Workplace bullying is shockingly common, and if you have been a victim of it, you will know that affects your whole life, not just your life at work.
Workplace bullying can undermine self confidence, self esteem and even produce symptoms of depression. If you are being bullied at work you must get help, which may include legal assistance. Every employer should have an anti-bullying policy, and remember, if you are being bullied, any 'weakness' is on the part of the bully, not you.
How workplace bullying happens:
Most people who are bullied at work are targeted by a line manager. Bullies are often (but not always) in positions of power. If someone is bullying others they cannot handle the responsibility of being in authority in an adult manner.
What is bullying?
Bullying is any intentional and repetitious aggressive behaviour designed to undermine, embarrass, or otherwise distress the target of such behavior. The worse thing is that some bullying may seem petty or 'nothing much to complain about' but any undermining behavior used repetitiously can become unbearable. Water torture is just a drip on the head. One drip on the head is no problem but 100,000 repetitive drips can drive you insane! We all have needs in life to be psychological and physically healthy. For example:
Some bullies will target just about everybody but many will single out certain people.
Profile of a typical bullying target:
Please understand that absolutely anybody can be targeted by a bully. Bullies will often test potential victims to see if they can manipulate them. They will push a little here and there to see what gives. A typical target for bullying in the workplace will be someone who is:
Why bullies bully:
There is no evidence that bullies treat others badly because they themselves have low self esteem. People with genuinely low self esteem tend to treat themselves badly but not other people. On the contrary bullies are often genuinely full of themselves and feel superior. They bully because they feel the bully target may show them up as incompetent, less intelligent, less hardworking or purely because they find they get a kick out of bullying. It may be their way of getting 'entertainment.'
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