How can women handle workplace bullying?

Women in the workplace have always been a topic of much debate and discussion. The Why? The What? The How? The How Not to? The Where? The When? – Questions galore! From him, from her, from them.

Part of the reason is this – If you look at history and evolution, the role of the women has typically been confined to the four walls of the house with her shouldering almost all the domestic responsibilities. With changing times, women are entering the workforce, swanky offices, hi-tech conference rooms and even board-rooms. More often than not, a woman’s journey from the house to the office is a bumpy one – with gender discrimination, workplace bullying, harassment, slow-paced career progression, questionable compensation, unsupportive workplace environment and outdated policies.

In this post, I will share a few scenarios of workplace bullying encountered by working women in India, and offer suggestions on how to deal with them.

But before that, a few factors that catalyse and contribute to the workforce bullying:

– The workplace environment in terms of the nature of work, the working hours, the overall gender (male: female) ratio

– The organisation policies, processes and systems to deal with such issues

Based on my own experiences and others’, a few scenarios that trigger workplace bullying for women:

(1) New on the block

(2) Being silent amongst peers

(3) Inability to stretch beyond work-hours

(4) Lack of knowledge

For full reading along with tips on how to deal with these issues, read the article here

Have you seen women experiencing workplace bullying? How did she handle it? How do you think women should handle such situations? Leave a comment below.

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One comment on “How can women handle workplace bullying?

  1. I have never seen this first hand or experienced of bullying at work place. I would be interested in knowing what kind it would be? If they are silent or if they lack knowledge that explains they probably cannot project their work very well and will be first one to let go. It goes with everyone irrespective of gender. For a men or women there are times where they cannot stretch beyond work hours for the simple reason that they might have some pressing responsibilities back home that should be handled. In that case, it is out of question, perhaps they can be more efficient during those work hours! seriously, how many people work 9 hrs in a day..!

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