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Top 10 Ways to Know if You Are Being Bullied at Work from Forbes Magazine

Forbes is always good at Top 10 lists in a professional way. Forbes magazine outlines workplace bullying and how we can be more alert in our surroundings.

From FORBES Magazine:

Top 10 Signs You Are Being Bullied At Work

#1 Work Means Misery

If you often feel like throwing up or are particularly anxious the night before the start of your workweek, there's a good chance you're experiencing workplace bullying, experts say. While few people look forward to Mondays, they shouldn't cause you to feel physically ill.

#2 Constant Criticism

If the criticism from your boss or co-worker never seems to stop, despite your history of objective competence and even excellence, a bully might be to blame. Workplace bullies also tend to have a different standard in mind for their targets, experts say.

#3 Lots Of Yelling

Overt workplace bullies tend to make their feelings known by yelling. If you are frequently screamed at, insulted or humiliated in front of others, you're probably being bullied.

#4 Remembering Your Mistakes

If your boss or co-worker seems to keep a file of your mistakes and constantly refer to them for no constructive reason, you're likely being bullied. Falsely accusing you of errors is another common tactic.

#5 Gossip And Lies

A covert office bully is more likely to spread destructive gossip and lies about you and your performance, rather than scream at you in front of your co-workers. Failing to stop the spread of a rumor can be an act of bullying, too.

#6 You're Not Invited To Lunch Or Meetings

If you feel like you're being singled out and/or isolated by your co-workers or boss, socially or physically, you are probably being bullied, experts say. That can mean having your desk moved or not being invited to meetings or even lunch.

#7 You Always Need Mental Health Days

If it seems like all of your paid time off is being used for mental health breaks to get away from the misery of your office, it could be because you're being bullied. Other signs include spending your days off feeling lifeless or your family members showing frustration over your constant obsessing about work.

#8 Sabotage

A workplace bully may try to find ways to ensure that you fail at your job. Examples include changing rules on the fly that apply to your work or not performing tasks crucial to your success, such as signing off on details or taking calls.

#9 Impossible Schedule

A workplace bully won't hesitate to change your schedule to make your life more difficult. If your boss always schedules last-minute late meetings on the days when he knows you're taking night classes or you have to pick up the kids, for instance, he or she may be a bully

#10 Stolen Work

You've been working day and night for weeks on a project that's now getting good buzz at your office. If your boss or co-worker steals the credit, and has a habit of doing so, you're being bullied.

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Lubomir Dragnev December 12, 2011 at 10:04 PM
It is funny that all states and all major corporations have very strict rules against sexual harassment. Bullying at the working place is 30 times bigger problem and yet neither states nor corporations seemed to care.

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