TEAM: Bullying

TIP SHEET

EXAMPLES OF BULLYING IN THE WORKPLACE

  • Using experience and seniority as an excuse to treat you or others poorly
  • Spreading lies or rumors throughout the office
  • Undermining you in front of patients for minute reasons
  • Throwing instruments, pushing or rearranging your things; anything physically harmful done with bad intentions
  • Taking advantage of you to make you do unnecessary tasks
  • Purposely not telling you needed information such as appointment information, or not answering training questions

HOW TO HANDLE A BULLYING SITUATION

  • Set limits for yourself on what you will and won’t tolerate in the office and then communicate to the bully when they cross your line. Be sure to explain what you dislike exactly, be sure to use specific words.
  • Use the words “I am not going to stand for…” with details of exactly what they did that you didn’t like, to allow them the chance to understand they are doing something you find inappropriate.
  • Document the bully’s actions, when something happens that you don’t like, write it down. Write exactly what is happening, with specifics such as behavior, date and time about the incident.

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