There’s been an increased focus on bullies and their impact on other kids, and for good reason. Bullies use intimidation and control as a way to reduce the manifestation of their own insecurities, and it can make a lasting impact on the victim. What we often don’t consider, however, is bullies grow beyond the playground. What happens when bullies aren’t stopped during childhood? They grow up to focus their efforts on new peers, and it occurs in the workplace more than many realize.
You’re never too old to be bullied. The trouble is, it can be a little more difficult to pinpoint during adulthood. These workplace bullies are ones you’re never too old to look out for both for your sake and your coworkers’.
The Critic uses a unique tool that makes their behavior tricky to control. They tend to strike when there’s no one else around, thus leaving no witnesses who can vouch for their behaviors. The trouble is it can be easy to confuse their tactics with necessary managerial duties. When in doubt, consider this: is the primary intent of their actions to make others feel small?
There are a few common signs to look out for. For starters, they often like to create problems where none exist. You may notice continual insults and belittling comments, even though they’re usually subtle. The establishment of unrealistic workloads and deadlines and the constant need to create confusion are other key characteristics of a Critic. If you’re ready to put a stop to a Critic in your office, keep in mind this requires careful planning. Remember, there are no direct witnesses in many cases. Make sure you’re prepared to defend your case with real evidence to back you up.
Keep reading to uncover the next workplace bully to watch out for.