Harassment and bullying are not always obvious. They are serious actions that can be very damaging to the victim(s). It’s most important to report either of these offensives right away before they escalate in any manner. Falsely accusing someone of bullying or harassment can be equally damaging to the accused and could also lead you into serious trouble. So how do we know how to identify true bullying and true harassment and what can we do about it when it is identified?
I wrote last week about shenanigans going on at a Christian charity, where I work. Sadly, no workplace is exempt from illegal behavior. This past week I found myself feeling attacked it became time for me to recognize the warning signs and what my options are.
A very good church friend started me off on the right foot and I simply must share his advice. Before doing or saying anything, go straight to the Lord our God in prayer. 1 Chronicles 16:11 (KJV), Philippians 4:6 (NIV). It’s not your fight. 2 Chronicles 32:8 (NIV)
If you prayed, using those verses as a guide, you can be sure God is already at work on the problem(s).
You must know how to recognize bullying and harassment and know what you can do about it. I was very surprised to learn that I have been being bullied and harassed on a regular bases without knowing it. Only because it has now reared its ugly head and shown itself much more aggressively and even violently with some other employees, have we taken notice.
If you feel that you are being bullied or harassed or even better yet; before it becomes apparent, do your due diligence and research these silent and offensive actions. Here are two sites I found helpful to identify how I was being bullied and harassed. These sites also offer advice on actions you may take to prevent or protect yourself and others.
Pray for the person who is offensive to you. Matthew 5:44 (NIV). Don’t let yourself be destroyed by hating. Leviticus 19:17 (RSVCE) Forgive the aggressor just as you have been forgiven. Matthew 6:14-15 (NRSVA)