The People Group wants to thank our Canadian friend, Valerie Cade, Founder, Bully Free at Work, for her tireless support in providing helpful advice and communication regarding a serious organizational threat, workplace bullies. Located in Calgary, Alberta, Valerie was recently interviewed on Breakfast Television and explained the distinguishing factors of a bully versus a difficult person.
Why do workplace bullies bully? Bullies want to take control over someone else through deliberate, repeated, cruel treatment.
Who does the workplace bully target? Bullies look for smart, good looking, talented people who possess qualities the bully cannot obtain themselves, so they seek to steal the target’s power through abuse. Eighty-percent of workplace bullies are bosses who target their talented subordinates.
Are workplace bullies aware of their behavior? Yes. There is a term, crazy making, according to Cade. Once you think you have figured out how they work, they will change their methods to keep you off-balance and reduce your power.
What’s the best approach in dealing with a workplace bully? The best approach is to not engage the bully. Avoidance is not a natural response but necessary due to their psychological imbalance. Do not allow them to control you through their divisive actions. Walk away from abusive treatment. Retreat and bring in others to become aware of the bully’s behavior. There is power in numbers.
We also want to applaud Valerie Cade and The Bully at Work organization for their emerging trend to create Certified Bully Free Workplaces.