Any form of bullying is not acceptable, and unfortunately it happens all too often among many a workplace.

It’s human nature to have a bad day and sometimes we just don’t feel like talking to anyone, but that doesn’t mean it gives you the right to let out your anger or speak to a colleague, or be spoken to by a colleague in a negative way.

Signs of workplace bullying come in all shapes and sizes, and one person can be treated exactly the same way without having the same feelings, so in every case, trust your gut instincts and take these 5 steps to resolve an issue before it gets out of hand.

1. Speak up

If you feel un-easy after an interaction with a colleague, try not to retaliate, instead ask them if you can have a chat away from other staff members to describe how you feel/felt.

2. Schedule a meeting with the person

A casual conversation with the person making you feel uncomfortable might just be what needs to happen. After all, they could be completely unaware of how they are making you feel, and this could instantly fix the way you interact as colleagues in the future. Take a support person, such as the Human Resources Manger and explain how you have been feeling in a way that does not embarrass anyone or point the finger. Try to keep as positive and calm as possible.

3. Confide in someone you trust, such as your Human Resources manager.

Prior to the meeting, perhaps you can ask to speak in private with the Human Resources manager to discuss an action plan once you have described the events and subsequent feelings of bullying you are experiencing. Your Human Resources Manager will also need to be the one whom you go back to if things don’t start being resolved after the initial conversations.

4. Make a note of the incidents and how they made you feel.

A great way to keep track of anything in the workplace is to keep a diary outlining the scenarios, events, verbal interactions and feelings of bullying.

5. Research your rights.

Knowing what is right from wrong legally is really important for you to understand. Here are a few resources we recommend you reach out to, to find out more information and gain additional support: