Bullying in the workplace is a sad fact of life. I am contacted every week by people who are being, or have been, successfully targeted by colleagues and workplace contacts – and who want to know what to do to protect themselves. I take the view that every employer needs to commit to creating and maintaining a zero-tolerance culture towards bullying; that every HR department investigating alleged instances of bullying needs to acquire insight and knowledge into the complex dynamics at play in workplace bullying, so they can arrive at a just conclusion; and that every person at work needs to know how to protect themselves at the time of an attack.
One starting point is to recognise why bullies bully. You can read five key reasons why one person might start to bully another here – as well what you can do to fight back.