Just because you work with these people for eight hours a day doesn’t mean that they’re necessarily the people you’d choose to be friends with, if you had the option.
Standing up for yourself at work is difficult, but it’s the only way for others to realize that you’re a young professional and deserve some respect.
Here are some tips on how to handle the bullying and stand up for yourself without jeopardizing your job — since, let’s face it, you need the paycheck.
1. Analyse your method of communication
Perhaps you’re coming off as a little too defensive to begin with, which can happen naturally if you’re expecting negativity. Are you delivering your message with a mean tone?
2. Dress the part
It’s true that you should dress for the job you want. Even if you’re at the bottom rung of the corporate ladder, make sure to look like a CEO when you walk through the doors at 8 AM. Not only will it boost your confidence, but it’s a subtle way to express to others that you’re serious about the job.
3. Be honest with your feelings
If you feel like someone is talking down to you, kindly tell them that their unnecessary commentary came off as being hurtful. By addressing it immediately, you won’t allow these hurt feelings to bottle up.
4. Don’t show them that they are getting under your skin
Just like childhood bullies, adult bullies are taunting you because they’re looking for a reaction. They pretty much feed on the chance to completely break your spirit.
5. Do your best to be the smartest person in the room.
Whether it be work-related or something you say around the water cooler, make sure you’re well informed regarding the information you’re spouting out.
6. Listen, sometimes they do have a point
You want people to listen to you, and they probably will if you give them the same respect. Even if you don’t agree with what they say, give them the proper chance to communicate.
7. Stop playing the victim
If you keep viewing yourself as the victim, you’ll continue to act like one.
8. Always learn how to say ‘NO’
It’s important to be flexible at work and help out your coworkers, but if you feel like everyone is using your kindness as an excuse to dump their menial tasks on you, you’ll never be able to get your own work done.