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Bullying in the Workplace and Education

Posted January 16, 2018

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(photo: "Tribeca" by Jens karlsson is licensed under CC BY 2.0)

 

"There is a way out."

 

I thought this would be an important issue to talk about as I know from personal experience that it is important to be aware of the issues that you may encounter in your professional life. Whether that be in the workplace or in your education establishment. Bullying of all forms is wrong and should be reported. Whether it be sexual, emotional, physical, verbal abuse, there’s no excuse for bad treatment from others and you should not have to endure it just because it is happening in a professional environment. Your mental health is extremely important and if you are getting abused while studying or working, you may underperform as you are going to be thinking more about the abuse you are encountering rather than being able to enjoy what you are studying or where you are working. Abuse can even occur when you get help for your mental health so always make sure you feel comfortable with who you are talking to; for instance, your counselor. If you do not feel comfortable, you should be able to change counselors; or if that is not possible, get help from another organization. Firstly, I would like to talk about bullying in education because I believe that nothing such as harassment or bullying of any kind should prevent you from getting the education that you deserve. I will then talk about bullying in the workplace and what you can do to nullify it before it gets worse. You deserve to have a fulfilling work life free from abuse.

 

Education

Firstly, before I talk about this topic further, I really want to encourage you to trust your instincts if you feel something is wrong. You know something is not right if you are being harassed, discriminated against, or if you constantly feel picked on by someone whether they be in a professional capacity such as a teacher or an advisor at your educational institute. Whatever is happening, I encourage you to keep a diary of the date, time, and location that each incident occurred and (depending on how bad the situation is), you can decide to report it straightaway. Speak to your educational establishment and find out who you need to contact if you do decide to report it. Usually sending an email with a list of the recorded incidents should suffice. If you are not sure how bad these incidents are, continue to keep a log of the incidents that are occurring. If you can, make sure you let someone close to you know what is happening to you such as a trusted friend, family member or partner; this will help protect you if something happens. Do not feel like you need to stay silent if you are experiencing abuse.

 

Workplace

Whether you are a student who is only working part-time, or you are someone who works full-time; abuse in the work place is common. It can occur with managers or work colleagues. Depending on the type of company you work for, you can speak to the head office of the company directly about concerns you have at your branch and report the colleague or manager. If you do not work for a well-known organization you can still complain but it will just be a different process as less people will usually be involved. You can also consider contacting Human Resources of your state, your labor union, or your local city government for resources. As mentioned in the paragraph above, make sure you keep a diary detailing the date, time, and location of each incident. If the first incident was extremely bad I encourage you to report it straight away. Always trust your intuition. It can prevent situations from getting out of hand. If you do not feel strong enough, please let someone close to you know what is going on.

I think it is important to note that before you get any job, make sure there is a firm anti-bullying policy set in place. If you do complain and nothing is done about it, usually that means the company will not support you if any injustices occur. Always trust your instincts while going to interviews and even after you have decided to take the job. It is usually accurate.

 

I hope this has been helpful everyone. Please do not feel afraid to speak out against any abuse you are facing. There is a way out. You do not need to suffer.


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