No place for the bully

When it comes to workplace bullying, the adage ‘what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger’ is far from true.

Many of us can recall at least one job we’d sooner forget. In a people-business-like law, the awful jobs are often those in which we have been forced to work with a colleague or boss that has seemingly gone out of their way to make our life miserable. The bad behaviour could take many forms, from constantly denigrating your work and ideas to making jibes about your appearance and/or ridiculing you in front of others.

Some view such experience as a rite of passage — a supposed ‘healthy toughening up’ — and it happens in every industry. There are many examples of the ‘fools errand’, with apprentices being sent off to a supplier for a ‘long stand’…

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