Bullying is a common setback in the public services. Quite a number of employees have raised complaints about all types of harassment in their workplace. Hounding usually comes from fellow employees in the same organisation and managers or bosses. There is a clear distinction between the job positions of a director and a subordinate. Most of the time, employees cannot complain even when they've been too stressed from work because they do not know that simple acts such as being shouted at is already a form of harassment.
If you are in the medical or administrative staff and you feel like you have been bullied by your manager or by anyone at work for that matter, this article will help you assess whether or not the situation can serve as grounds for complaint against bullying in the workplace. Try asking the following questions to yourself so to determine if you are constantly being bullied by your boss.
Does your manager yell at you?
Like all bullies, superiors tend to intimidate their subordinates through speaking with a loud and angry voice. Being yelled at all the time is a form of verbal abuse and causes emotional damage to a person. The purpose of the shouting is to cause confusion and guilt and the effect is for the receiver to blame himself in that situation. If your manager consistently displays verbal abuse such as frequent screaming, use of inappropriate words, name calling, posing threat to dismissal and other humiliating actions, you are definitely being bullied.
Does your supervisor pin down your mistakes?
Pinpointing mistakes are useful if used in a constructive way. It is normal for supervisors to correct your mistakes for your own improvement. However, reiterating your faults over and over again even when the discussion does not require such action is simply a form of bullying. What's worse is when your supervisor begins to accuse you of false mistakes. If your flaws are being used at your disadvantage, consider that you are already being bullied.
Is there a spread of rumours about you?
Another form of verbal abuse is to backbite a person rather than shout directly at his or her face. Whether or not your boss or a fellow staff started it, spreading false rumours about an employee, an employee's performance at work, and what not is also considered an act of bullying.