How to deal with workplace bullies
posted March 26th, 2023 at 3:05 AM
Anytime bullies at work try to oppress you, just threaten to call the Union. You’d be surprised how often that works every time. The word “Union” alone makes them cringe because they know that Union have a very low tolerance policy for bullying, and will hold them accountable to the fullest extent. Put these fuckers in their place and they’ll leave you alone. Problem solved.
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Mar 27, 2023 at 3:54pm
I find it way more fun to set them up at their own expense which they always do provided you give them enough rope. Shutting it down may work fine but if you've been there for awhile it's far more entertaining to watch them slip on the banana. =)
Depends on the Union
Mar 27, 2023 at 4:33pm
Sad to say these dayz enough unions are backsliding into Bully-ism-schizm mentality.
Mar 27, 2023 at 4:49pm
This exact post was posted before wasn’t it?
Oh you sweet summer child...
Mar 28, 2023 at 12:25am
No. Just no.
I've been in a private sector union for years and they don't do a damned thing about workplace bullying. They have little to no leverage with the company because we are all unskilled workers who can be easily replaced. I've talked to my union reps about the shit that goes on at work and their replies often fell under the category of "it goes with the territory" and I should just try to bear it.
I don't know how it goes in your workplace OP, but the culture at my job is like Amazon in that the managers constantly breathe down people's necks and drive them as hard as they can to do more and more. They have a carefully curated corporate definition of "bullying" that's comprised of calling people slurs, getting violent or swearing at people etc. Basically, the most obvious and outlandish examples of bullying.
But the managers are clever: they constantly nag, complain, needle and pressure you to do more than is humanly possible while being careful not to cross the line and violate that narrow corporate definition of bullying. But a person doesn't have to swear or curse to bully or provoke you; they can have the same effect through their "tone," constant criticism, nagging or pressure to meet impossible standards. Putting up with this sort of treatment and constantly biting your lip to not tell off your boss takes an emotional and psychic toll.
This sort of behavior is a sneaky, insidious form of bullying. It hides under the veneer of "accountability" or "setting deadlines" and "motivating" employees. If there were ever a real issue with performance, there would be formal disciplinary action. But of course that never happens because the complaints aren't valid. They just want to exploit their employees as much as possible and the only way to do that is through all the negative behaviors mentioned above.
Are you in a public sector union OP? Maybe that's the difference?
Mar 28, 2023 at 1:02am
With that is one Union member cannot grieve the other member,the only thing that can happen is the offender gets moved to another section.
Mar 29, 2023 at 4:53pm
Sometimes it depends who’s on the Union. Or it depends on which Union it is, whether it’s CUPE or BCGEU. No Union is perfect.
Apr 2, 2023 at 9:07pm
Workplace bullying is also an issue for WorkSafeBC. Chat with them.
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