Singapore is known for our low crime rate. I have always felt safe living in Singapore so much so that I always have taken safety for granted. Hence, it is shocking to read abuse in the workplace in a first world country.
I never condone abuse and harassment in general especially at home and at the workplace because that is where you spend the most hours in and both places should make you feel safe.
How can anyone perform their best and be productive when they are threatened all the time?
When I come across articles like this, it angered me because so much more that companies can do to protect their staff and not allow such incidents from occurring.
From the video provided by the article, you can tell that the abusive behaviour has happened before and other co-workers are numbed to such behaviours.
Although this is an old video, it shows that there’s more need to be done.
If you are abused in your workplace:
- Don’t condone it (don’t even find it harmless or funny)
- Don’t ignore it (your bully will keep coming back)
- Report it (to whoever needs to hear it)
- Be relentless on reporting (keep on talking about it until you see action being taken)
- Be brave to stand up against the bully
- Don’t walk away
- Don’t crumble under threats or pressure
- Don’t be blackmailed
- Be prepared to move on (time to find a new job if your bosses and HR ignore you. It’s not worth your time in the company)
I’ve been bullied in some of my previous workplaces and I have seen bullies abusing my colleagues.
I stood up to them and made my stand very firm.
I told them I cannot condone such behaviour towards me, I cannot respect bullying at/around me and I won’t work with bullies.
Bullies come in all sort of shapes and sizes. Some pulled ranks with me. Some threaten the security of my job. Some even use emotional or psychology blackmailing tactics. Something is wrong when you don’t stand up to someone who deliberately hurt you.
If my company don’t or won’t support me, I’ll still stand my ground and report to the relevant authorities.
You want me to do my job right, I’ll do my best in my work but please take out the buzzing bees at my ears so I can be at my top form, serving our customers and concentrate on bringing profits for the company.
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