Although I was very quiet at school, I was luckily enough not to be bullied. Occasionally the Cancerian in me did snap its claws, when I was pushed too far with my kindness and loyalty to others. I confess at aged 10 I did catch a friend’s fingers in my front gate once but in my defence she was chasing after me. We’re now good friends now.
Then came my first job. Leaving school at sixteen I was eager to please and ready to do no wrong. As I look back now this is where I experienced my first real taste of being bullied.
A year after I started, a new employee joined. He’d been made redundant from a higher position in his firm and thought rather a lot of himself. He took advantage of my rather naive line manager and on one occasion I reported this to a higher boss, as I was worried it may compromise the security within the office.
You can guess what happened next, my line manager had a go at me but very sneakily. He took me into another room away from other staff and told me that ‘he’d make my life hell and have me fired if I did it again’. So there I stayed in my shell for many years, figuring it was best to keep a low profile.
Ten years later and a slightly wiser self, I could see the same thing happening again. The difference being that this time I would not let them take control over me. I was being accused of not working my hours and being lazy. Anyone that knows me, knows I put my heart and soul into my work.
So I stepped up, faced the bullies and learnt that it’s ok to stand up for yourself. It was empowering.
In the past I’d had no confidence in me, so I would have believed that what they’d said might actually be true. Now I know I’m stronger than that.
I recently saw a young man who was bullied by his own thoughts, as many of us are. He would run through many ‘what if’ scenarios, forgetting he was as important as all around him. When he realised this, I watched him begin to soar both professionally and socially.
My top five tips to face your bullies.
In my next blog I’m going to talk about why it’s important to be unique. I’ll let you know some of the quirky activities I’ve been involved in because I can.
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