Leaving the Workplace Bully: What to do When it Doesn’t Get Better
A short time ago co-anchors of a popular news broadcast resigned on the air. While they didn’t state they resigned because they felt bullied, there is some evidence that they were being bullied, having a hard time leading their department, felt their authority was undermined and that upper management was either unaware or uncaring about the situation. Until more info comes to light, we will have to speculate as to the exact situation.
What is clear is that they felt so strongly about their situation that quit their jobs and announced it while on the air. Clearly, they had enough.
Have you had enough?
Workplace Conflict: A Line in the Sand
If you are being bullied at work, when will you leave? When “solutions” are implemented but fail? When the problems you bring up are ignored? When the situation gets worse? When you experience retaliation from another worker or boss? When threats are made? When physical violence occurs?
For targets of bullying, studies indicate it’s more of a question of when they will leave, not if. As far as unresolved bullying goes, targets and witnesses alike will jump ship before too long, it’s only a matter of time.
Workplace Conflict: The Exit Strategy
I don’t suggest quitting your place of employment lightly. However, consider the long view: Does the financial cost outweigh the cost to your health, your confidence, your psyche, your medical bills?
If it won’t get better, plan your exit strategy now.
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I’ve been a strategic consultant on workplace conflict to executives worldwide for more than 20 years. My work brings individualized solutions to your teams’ lost productivity, loss of key personnel, low morale, and the high costs resulting from bullying, abrasive behaviors and interpersonal workplace conflicts. You can contact me here.
I’m Kathleen Bartle, Conflict Consultant.