CHICAGO—Bullies are every where, but you are less likely to encounter them in a virtual office. A CareerBuilder survey offers new insights into office bullies and how to deal with them.
According to the survey, the most common way workers are being bullied is getting blamed for mistakes they didn’t make, followed by not being acknowledged and the use of double standards. You can’t avoid all of this in a virtual office but at least you have a digital paper trail. Here’s the full list:
42% are falsely accused of mistakes
39% are ignored
36% said bosses used different standards/policies toward them than other workers
33% are constantly criticized
31% said someone didn’t perform certain duties, which negatively impacted their work
28% are yelled at by boss in front of coworkers
24% said belittling comments were made about their work during meetings
26% said they are gossiped about
19% said someone stole their credit for work
18% said they were purposely excluded from projects or meetings
15% were picked on for personal attributes
I can see how you’d avoid a lot of this with a virtual office. Again, you have a paper trail that proves who made the mistake. You can’t be yelled at in front of coworkers if you are telecommuting from a virtual office. Coworkers can’t steal your business credit card if you work in a virtual office. You get the idea. Still, office bullying is a very real problem.
Twenty-seven percent of workers who felt bullied reported it to their Human Resources department. Of these workers, 43 percent reported that action was taken while 57 percent said nothing was done.
If you’re feeling bullied in the workplace—whether you work in a virtual office or not—CareerBuilder offers the following tips:
Keep record of all incidents of bullying, documenting places, times, what happened and who was present.
Consider talking to the bully, providing examples of how you felt treated unfairly. Chances are the bully may not be aware that he/she is making you feel this way.
Always focus on resolution. When sharing examples with the bully or a company authority, center the discussions around how to make the working situation better or how things could be handled differently.