Lately, you get appointments again late or only by chance. Your boss recently criticized you not only in private, but also at the team meeting. They always stay on the unpopular tasks. Coincidences or signs of bullying? We give you answers to questions around the topic "Mobbing at work" and explain the background.
Conflict or mobbing?
The pressure at the workplace today is as great as it has ever been: uncertainty about the future, fear of unemployment; Constant competition, massive pressure to perform and time, the need to permanently adapt to new processes, tasks, hierarchies and locations.
The command to flexibly change the focus of life and social networks again. No wonder that such pressure often affects the working conditions, the working atmosphere and the performance of employees.
Vicious circle arises
One possible consequence is incitement campaigns against individual employees. Just as children often pick out the weak and keep them "small", so adults in professional life are increasingly looking for victims at whose expense they can reduce their own pressure or scale their career ladder faster. The signs of bullying are initially subtle.
Often the initiated process becomes independent and many others join in, often for fear of becoming victims themselves. Even if the signs have become obvious, many sufferers have long inhibitions to ask for help - after all, you do not want to be a weakling in professional life. This often creates a vicious circle.
Signs of bullying
If psychological attacks can be detected regularly and over a longer period of time, you should take these bullying signs seriously (and counter them at an early stage):
- Lack of communication: No one talks to you anymore, conversations are dumbfounded as you approach, rumors are spread about you.
- Exclusion: You are no longer invited to meetings or joint activities, projects are distributed among colleagues, and you receive only what is left over, meaningless or a stalemate that is unmanageable.
- Injustices: Your work performance is assessed incorrectly, mistakes are blamed on you, your boss criticizes you permanently, you can not do anything right, discussions are conducted inappropriately.
Bullying can have consequences
The consequences for the victims of bullying arise at different levels. Of central importance is the constant stress caused by constant attacks against the self-esteem and sense of security, but also as a result of the burden of increased and unpleasant work. First, psychosomatic complaints usually occur: gastrointestinal problems, headaches, sleep disorders, nocturnal sweating attacks. The constant sleep deficit leads to concentration problems, fatigue and depressed mood.
Over time, this also affects the private life. Many sufferers no longer have energy, lose the fun and interest in the family and their hobbies - the depression turns into a real depression. Often they see no way out of their situation and despair - even suicide attempts occur. In addition, disorders of the cardiovascular system may also occur: heart stumbling or racing, high blood pressure to a heart attack.
No trivial offense
Bullying is not a trivial offense - after all, it has for most victims pronounced physical and psychological consequences - up to work and disability. This also causes economic consequences for employers and employees: sickness-related failures are increasing, performance and quality of work are falling.