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Workplace Bullying: Making a Strategic Exit, Part 3

This is part three of a series on surviving workplace bullying. Have a read of part one Part 1 & Part 2 before reading further.There is wisdom in standing up for yourself and also wisdom in knowing when to walk away. Remember that your mental, physical, and financial well-being is more important than your job and more important than proving you were right.Before you leave have your plan B in place and a collection of references from your last job. Letters from superiors are best and letters from colleagues are useful if your superiors refuse. You may need a little time to clear your head, however, start looking for your next job quickly. Having a temporary job that might not be a 100% fit is easier to put on your resume than long gaps. Working in a new environment with a supportive culture may actually help you to recover from the psychological ....

Workplace Bullying: The Smart Approach, Part 2

This is part two of a series on surviving workplace bullying. Have a look at part one before reading further.If you are staying in your job you will need all of your personal strengths and your external supports ready. Know why you are staying. What are the values and motives that drive you to see this through to the end? Is it about fairness? Protecting others? Respect for yourself and what is right? Understanding why this matter to you will be important when things get tough and you want to throw in the towel. You can also consider going part-time to help see you through until it is resolved.We all have self-doubts and internal criticisms. If you have made mistakes, own these and take responsibility for your actions. It will also remove any ‘ammunition’ that could be used against you. It is also important to see the abuse as being ....

Workplace Bullying: A Non-Sugar-Coated Survival Guide, Part 1

Anger, frustration, self-doubt, sadness, and helplessness. If you are being bullied at work it will likely be one of the most challenging phases of your career. There are three options open to you: accept the bullying and do your best to protect yourself, fight the bullying, or move to another organisation or department. Unless you have a good reason to do so, staying where you are will take a toll on your mental health over the long-term. If you decide to fight the bullying you will need to gather your resources, recruit allies, have a plan B, know what your motivations are, and know when to walk away. For many people, moving to another position works out best for their own mental, physical, and financial well-being. Although it is not fair that you’re being bullied, no-one performs at the their best while sitting in a toxic quagmire.To get where you ....

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