Job-related injuries can take various forms. Physical injuries can end a career in a split second. Equally as traumatic is emotional abuse, which can be equally damaging and debilitating.
Seeing a colleague that you know and care about get bullied by management or other co-workers can be difficult. You may not be sure what you can do other than to be there to support their claims if they choose to report the actions.
Bullying doesn’t have to take place in the workplace, though, and it is everyone’s responsibility to stop it. While you might feel like you don’t want to get involved, it’s still important for you to play an active role in the resolution of this workplace issue.
What should you do if you see bullying in the workplace?
One of the first things you need to do is to collect evidence. Did you witness bullying? Write down when and where it happened. If you report it, having the right time and those involved may help find the incident on security cameras.
Another thing to do is to talk to the bully. If they’re good with you but are mistreating another co-worker, ask them why they’re doing it and tell them why it’s making you uncomfortable. Some people will change their attitudes after they are called out on their bad behavior. Others may laugh it off. After you have a conversation, you can make the determination if you need to get others involved.
Finally, in a worst-case scenario, it’s time to call in the human resources department or to help the bullied individual get legal support. Bullying actions make the work atmosphere negative for everyone, so it is essential to do what’s possible to put an end to them as soon as possible. Taking action through supporting the victim is a significant step.