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10 Signs that your are being bullied at work
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May 02, 2012
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10 Signs that your are being bullied at work

Did you think that after high school, there would be no more bullying? Well that is what we all hope, but some people may experience workplace bullying as adults.  Workplace Bullying is acts or verbal remarks that may emotionally hurt or even isolate a coworker. This usually happens over and over again to degrade, threaten, upset or humiliate a specific person or group of people.

According to Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, there are 10 signs that you may be getting bullied at your workplace.  

1.  Work Means Misery
If you often feel like throwing up or are particularly anxious the night before the start of your workweek, there's a good chance you're experiencing workplace bullying, experts say. While few people look forward to Mondays, they shouldn't cause you to feel physically ill.
 
2.  Constant Criticism
If the criticism from your boss or co-worker never seems to stop, despite your history of objective competence and even excellence, a bully might be to blame. Workplace bullies also tend to have a different standard in mind for their targets, experts say.
 
3.  Lots Of Yelling
Overt workplace bullies tend to make their feelings known by yelling. If you are frequently screamed at, insulted or humiliated in front of others, you're probably being bullied.
 
4.  Remembering Your Mistakes
If your boss or co-worker seems to keep a file of your mistakes and constantly refer to them for no constructive reason, you're likely being bullied. Falsely accusing you of errors is another common tactic.
 
5.  Gossip And Lies
A covert office bully is more likely to spread destructive gossip and lies about you and your performance, rather than scream at you in front of your co-workers. Failing to stop the spread of a rumor can be an act of bullying, too.
 
6.  You're Not Invited To Lunch Or Meetings
If you feel like you're being singled out and/or isolated by your co-workers or boss, socially or physically, you are probably being bullied, experts say. That can mean having your desk moved or not being invited to meetings or even lunch.
 
7.  You Always Need Mental Health Days
If it seems like all of your paid time off is being used for mental health breaks to get away from the misery of your office, it could be because you're being bullied. Other signs include spending your days off feeling lifeless or your family members showing frustration over your constant obsessing about work.
 
8.  Sabotage
A workplace bully may try to find ways to ensure that you fail at your job. Examples include changing rules on the fly that apply to your work or not performing tasks crucial to your success, such as signing off on details or taking calls.
 
9.  Impossible Schedule
A workplace bully won't hesitate to change your schedule to make your life more difficult. If your boss always schedules last-minute late meetings on the days when he knows you're taking night classes or you have to pick up the kids, for instance, he or she may be a bully.
 
10.   Stolen Work
You've been working day and night for weeks on a project that's now getting good buzz at your office. If your boss or co-worker steals the credit, and has a habit of doing so, you're being bullied.

If you are experiencing any of these ten signs at work, you may be a victim to workplace bullying.  

Source: http://www.ccohs.ca/products/publications/violence.html



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Posted By: jusbeenme | 5/09/12 8:04 PM
That sounds right on the money. They usually are a person with status. They many times orchestrate "mobbing". That's where they turn others against you so you become isolated and very much alone in this web of destruction. Many people have no idea just how ruthless these Bullies are. They assassinate your character, and sabotage your work. They make it impossible for you to succeed. It's not just shameful, it should be considered a crime ! We need to bring this to the for front and make laws against this insidious and potentially life threatening behavior ! Please sign my petition at change.org "Taken from the playground to the workplace..Bullying to DEATH" It's also on Bullyville's fb page. Thank you !!! Beth
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