What is Workplace Bullying?
Bullying in the workplace causes emotional turmoil and can result in damage to the victim’s health, self-confidence and even career aspirations. People often endure workplace bullying for some time before realising it has an effect on their health.
How do I know if I’m being bullied?
Workplace bullying can be difficult to identify and even more difficult to deal with. You may find you are the subject of casual and seemingly harmless banter like teasing, being the target of practical jokes or gossip. Perhaps you hear vindictive remarks making fun of family, sexuality, origin, habits, race or culture. Or you may be the victim of intimidating gestures, comments or verbal abuse. Being excluded from meetings and situations or degraded with pointless tasks. It can even be a situation where information (which enables someone to do their job properly) is intentionally withheld.
These are all forms of bullying!
Symptoms of workplace bullying?
Because workplace bullying can be subtle or severe symptoms may vary but both extremes are as serious as each other.
Some possible symptoms include:
- Feeling scared, stressed, anxious or depressed at work or about work
- Subdued confidence in the workplace and therefor a less adequate output
- Incremental negative effects on your life outside the workplace like social and family relationships or sporting activities
- The loss of trust in your employer or colleagues
- A growing sense of ‘Mondayitis’ or absenteeism from work
- Inability to make decisions or maintain concentration
- Depression fuelled by ridicule, isolation and lack of confidence
- Physical injury, even including self-harm
Can counselling help??
Many people have made the connection between workplace bullying and its symptoms and found that counselling can help.
A People Psychology psychologist can assist you in understanding the nature of workplace bullying, the effects and the best way to cope with it. What’s important is restoring a victims confidence and self-esteem.
If you want help to tackle workplace bullying, contact People Psychology.
Why choose People Psychology Melbourne CBD?
Workplace bullying can be difficult to handle. Our psychologists at Melbourne CBD are all highly adept at providing you with tools and strategies to help you manage being a victim of bullying. They are also highly skilled at identifying and treating other responses that can be caused by bullying such as anxiety or depression and can put a treatment plan in place that is appropriate to deal with bullying and the associated symptoms.
People Psychology Melbourne CBD is conveniently located on the corner of Collins and Swanston Street and A.H. and Saturday appointments are also available.