Building confidence Against Workplace Bullies
I was talking to a friend today about an interview he’d had and starting a new job. I remembered how nerve-wracking it is meeting new people as an adult. How joining an established ‘team’ leaves you feeling exposed and vulnerable. It’s great if it works out but I also remember situations in the past when that feeling didn’t go away. Of course we can’t all get on with everyone but what if you feel picked on or maybe a group of people leave you out, talk behind your back, or involve you but make nasty comments under the guise of being friendly…. Make no mistake, this is bullying. While childhood bullying is one of the issues now being addressed more openly, being bullied as an adult is still a sadly taboo subject leaving victims at risk of depression and suicidal thoughts. It can happen at work, your neighborhood, your relationship or even from family members.
Adults feel they should be able to stand up for themselves and often feel ashamed of being bullied but be assured you MUST NOT tolerate such behaviour. No one should feel victimised or made to be afraid by anyone, ever. Talking to someone is the hardest but most positive step you can make toward freeing yourself. You deserve better and to be respected for who you are. Please talk to a friend, family, colleague, and if you can’t, talk to me…
Love who you are