5 Signs That You’re a Bully at Work and How to Fix It

No one likes a bully, whether it was in your early school years, online, or later during your professional career. 27% of Americans have suffered abusive conduct while at work according to a 2014 survey done by WBI U.S. Workplace Bullying. While some instances of bullying are very clear, there are a few that are not. Here are 5 signs you’re a bully at work and how to fix it.

Constant Criticism

There are several ways to give feedback on projects your co-workers or employees are working on. Only pointing out the negative

is not the way to go. Constantly critiquing every little mistake without having any positives pointed out is not beneficial for anyone. Before providing feedback, ask yourself, are there any positive takeaways from my criticism? If not, take some time to find the good in their work.

Blame Game

Playing the blame game can be very popular in workplace settings, especially when something hasn’t or isn’t being done correctly. It can also be a way of bullying a co-worker you know may not stand up for themselves. Before pointing the finger at others, evaluate yourself first and how you could have maybe done things differently.


Office rumors can run rampant and can be highly inaccurate. They can also damage a person’s credibility without them even knowing it. Passing along false information, regardless of how small you may think it is, can be extremely damaging to your work environment. It can also make you look unprofessional for engaging in the activity yourself.

Stealing credit

It happens all the time. Someone comes up with a great idea or stayed up late to finish the project on time, while someone else takes all the credit. Sometimes it isn’t a huge deal, but credit should be given where credit is due. Sure, for the time being it may be great to get the accolades, but taking someone else’s credit isn’t going to help you in the long run. When given the opportunity give credit to those who deserve it.

Minimization of co-workers

Being minimized at work is not a good way to feel appreciated by any means. It could be anything from a co-worker not letting you finish your sentence to not being recognized for your achievements. Whatever it is, it can be a brutal form of bullying.  Avoid making light of your colleagues’ thoughts and feelings. If someone is upset take the time to reflect and understand their view.

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