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How to Handle a Workplace Bully

The workplace, sadly, can feel a lot like high school at times. And if you think bullies only exist in the school yard, you’re sorely mistaken. The workplace bully has gotten a lot of press recently. In my most recent interview on Fox 31 Denver’s Good Day Colorado, I address this topic and provide a few strategies for handling it. Hopefully you never have to deal with a bully at work, but if you do, this advice could be invaluable.

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One Response to “How to Handle a Workplace Bully”

  1. Sam says:

    Great interview and topic, Chrissy. I’ve been subjected to bullying at the office in the past, and in each case, I ended up quitting, which in turn, has damaged my resume, I feel. I’m a guy, by the way, and most of the bullies I encountered happened to be women; the majority were supervisors although some were peers in my departments, at the time. I like what you said (although tough somewhat to absorb, I’ll admit, since I don’t like to blame myself for their out-of-line actions) re: how one carries himself (well, him in my case). I usually am more reserved in my manners than I am with my buddies (I like to crack jokes with the latter and laugh),. and am more quiet too, focusing on whatever needs to be done at my desk. I did “light up” during times of client contact on the phone, or speaking to visiting vendors in person (I figure I need to present as amicable and cheery a presentation as possible, since my employer was counting on their business). I don’t know if this too had anything to do with the spurring on of bullying, but I’m not a tall guy (around 5″ 6″); most of the taller guys in my offices didn’t seem to get verbally attacked like I did for every “little thing”. In hindsight, I should’ve followed your advice. I’ll say though that there are some odd offices where bullies curry favor with their bosses; for some reason, they both seem to click well with each other, and “the bullied” probably will not be taken seriously if they did pipe up and explain what’s going on. I remember hearing about one bully (this one was a guy; a real menacing character) who, 2 months after I quit, was promoted

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