There’s no doubt that the world of business can frequently be a stressful one. If you’ve spent much of your adult life working in offices, you may know only too well the kind of heightened environment they can easily become. Everyone is working towards the same goal, yet mistakes happen, and disputes end up arising along the way – not to mention the all-too-regular dash of office politics. When you’re sitting pretty at the head of business, this kind of thing usually doesn’t affect you. But if you are an employee taken on by someone else’s company, you can often end up getting dragged into situations you would otherwise rather avoid. Employers may love to deny it, but so much of a company’s success and productivity lies in its peer to peer relationships. If you are unhappy at work and feel as though you are being singled out – whether it’s constant reappraisals for things that are not
to do with you, or something else – you have every right to do something about it. Here is a three-point plan to help you cope when you feel you are being treated unfairly at work, and what you can do to turn your situation around.
Ask yourself if you’re simply paranoid
Paranoia and oversensitivity have a lot to answer for in the average workplace. You often get those employees in offices who slyly try to compete with their colleagues and friends. Taking on excessive amounts of overtime (more than is required) and bragging about how late they stayed in the office the night before are classic examples of this type of behavior. More often than not, it is done to make other colleagues feel like they are not working hard enough. Consider whether you have simply become too sensitive to this type of targeting. If you work the hours you are asked to and you’re dedicated and precise, you shouldn’t have too much to worry about.
Don’t stand for it
If you know that colleagues and/or bosses are going too far with the way you treat you at work, don’t be afraid to put your foot down and say that enough is enough. Workplace bullying can be incredibly distressing, and no employee should have to feel uneasy about coming to simply do their job. If the bullying has reached new heights and you feel threatened or unsafe in your workplace, you could even have a legal case on your hands. Get a legal representative and, if you have the grounds to, take your employer to trial. Certain types of discrimination in the workplace can even be a criminal offense, so have people performing court reporter shorthand at your trial to make sure all the facts are presented correctly. It can take guts to take your employer to court, but it sends out the message loud and clear that they cannot get away with such behavior.
Speak to your boss
Often, company bosses are out of the loop to such an extent (due to often being away on business) that yours may have no idea about the struggles you face in the office every day. If there is one particular manager or executive who turns tyrannical once the CEO’s back is turned, ask your boss to unofficially observe one day, either in person or through other people. Power can often go to people’s heads, but it isn’t an excuse for anyone to terrorize a fellow employee.