Yes, it happens! And no, ignoring it won’t make it go away. It’ll just make things worse…for you!
Being reasonable, logical, and having goodwill and a team approach,
will NOT work with a bully. Being ‘nice’ or ‘fair’ is also not an option.
So what can you do? Seemingly very little…but enough to stop the bullying and maybe even get them permanently out of your work space! So here’s what you do:
1. Make a detailed record of the incident(s): date, day, time, place who was involved, names of any witnesses and what actually happened (write what was actually said or done if you can remember).
2. Make a written complaint to your line manager detailing the event and who was involved. Keep the wording as calm and collected as possible so there is no chance of being called ‘emotional’ or ‘over the top.’ Make sure to ask what the school policy on bullying is and the time line for action to be taken. Require at the very least a formal apology.
3. SEND A CC TO THE PRINCIPAL. This is super IMPORTANT as it will ensure that the complaint isn’t simply brushed aside.
4. Follow up with the principal if you do not hear from your line manager within 24 hours.
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