Usually the HR department are quite helpful. Otherwise, approach your direct supervisor and explain the situation to them, and/or confront the person who is initiating the bullying. As tough as the latter is, you don't know what issues they might be facing. Remember, many of the workplace bullies were bullied a lot at school. The latter rings true in most cases.
Bullying is never acceptable and in Australia there are protections in place for employees that have experience bullying or harassment in the workplace. Bullying can be a difficult issue for managers, as ultimately it has as much to do with an individual's perception or feelings of being bullied as it does to the actual interactions that have occured.
For an individual it is made more difficult when it is a person in a position of power (i.e. their boss or manager) that is doing the bullying.
Act early, keep diary notes of incidents that have occured, speak up to the HR department or if it is a smaller buisness, the owner. Seek external assistance from an appropriate government agency to lodge a formal complaint.
Most importantly remember, as an adult we always have choice. Don't subject yourself to a mentally or physically dangerous situation. If you have tried to resolve the situation with the avenues available to no result- get out of there. You may have a sociopath for a manager or boss and if the company does not recognise this and support you- then why would you want to work there anyway? Lodge a formal complaint, backed up by clear facts and information.
O goodness. I experienced this first-hand, and the bullying was coming from our boss. We could not go to the HR officer either because they were related. It was a very awkward and tough situation. It was not only me who was being bullied but everyone in the department. I had to quit my job!
I (had) the best boss in the world.Going to work was total joy....Then he said early this year he had to move on, that he felt he needed a change.
My heart sank, and everyone else felt the same.
Then another boss came, and it all went down hill after that.I was second in charge, and he was a total different person, who came to the job with (issues)!
He would make a fool of me and get upset with me, in front of other office staff.
I would have deep and meaningful talks with him, and he would say he was sorry..
It took it's toll on my health and his actions became worse.
How I dealt with it................I Left.
Sometimes you have to bite the bullet, and I had no way to get the result's
It is not the first time in my life it has happened, but there will be times sadly we just have no other option.
There are job's that you can't go to anyone,and you have to call it quit's.
It may not be a great outcome in 2013, you would think we can get some help!
Sadly, that is not always the case.
I should have left sooner, because it had a really bad effect on my health.
Is it fair?
No.......... but life is not fair.