Combating bullying in the workplace

By Mary Kate Manning

Just about every office has one – that person who makes life around the office challenging, toxic, or even downright frustrating. Sometimes, it’s not even on purpose, but there are times that they’re doing it to boost their ego.

Workplace bullies are distracting. They derail performance and can impact the organization’s ability to deliver on its mission. Sure, there are times that the “bully nature” may be known to drive work to completion. But alienating people and making enemies is never a good long-term solution for success Workplace bullies can cost your organization time, money, and productivity.

So, are you the workplace bully? Are you working with or for a bully? Here are the three biggest bullying behaviours:

The 90/10 Bully

They are called such, as these bullies are never happy. Nothing is ever good enough. You can do nine things right yet one thing wrong, even slightly wrong, and these bullies will only focus on that one thing. They rarely if ever give positive feedback and encouragement, but they sure do love to nitpick about the negative.

Good leaders address the good and the bad, the positive and the negative. They encourage, coach, teach, and not just nitpick for flaws.

Source: News Limited

Source: News Limited

The Blame Game Bully

They never take any responsibility, and usually blaming everyone else. Often accountability is a foreign concept to these folks. It’s easier to point out what someone else did wrong than own up to the fact they may have played a part in the outcome or output they find unsatisfactory.

This is the most prominent kind of bully in the workplace. Probably because people don’t like to have the finger pointed at them, so they point at someone else first. The fact of the matter is, if you’re responsible for leading a team of people or even for creating deliverables as part of a team, their mistakes are your mistakes, regardless of finger-pointing.

If you want to be successful, help others to learn and succeed and don’t try to throw them under the bus.

The Argumentative Bully

No matter what you say, they’ll say the opposite. This is one of the most destructive of the bullying behaviours because it inhibits productivity upwards to 100%.. For every minute spent with and argumentative bully, it’s costing you at least five minutes of productivity. And after the disagreement has ended, one must cool down to relax and refocus prior to getting back to work.

Not conductive to high performance at all.

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Mary Kate Manning

Mary Kate enjoys her free time writing various stuff while dining with her home-cooked meals when she's not busy working as a manager. Enjoy her company by following her on Twitter at @MKateManning!

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