Fill in the blank

Just because you can _______, doesn’t mean you should.

Options:

  • be mean
  • hurt others with your words
  • bully colleagues
  • use your ‘power’

Pick any of them and they’ll all fit today.

Working with a lot of teen content, I see bullying all the time (and recently read about Pigtails for Peace); but I sometimes forget that even adults can bully and be rude.

The event that happened today isn’t particularly awful, but like Maisie, it pushed me over the edge. It’s especially times like today I’m glad I don’t work in an office. I don’t know how anyone could hide this many tears and still be professional.

So if anyone has a spare *hug* today – would you mind sending it my way?

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3 Comments»

  Kzinti wrote @

A bit late, but here they are (((HUGS))) I work in an office full of both friendship and loathing. Some peopel are friendly, others are known for their ninja like ability to stick the knife in when given the chance. Hope it gets better.

  zigzagmags wrote @

thanks kzinti! mean people will always be mean and i’ve done the best i can do by removing them from my life as much as is possible in a work situation. hopefully this helps me a little.

  Kzinti wrote @

One interesting thing I learned is that anger is based in fear. Most people get angry because they are afraid of something. That kind of goes with bullying.

Not sure if that will help in some way, but maybe if you know where it comes from, you can trace that back to what they are afraid of and knowing that might help in certain situations.

In work situations, some people bully because they don’t feel secure, are afraid for their jobs, or maybe even intimidated by you or someone else’s abilities. Some bully jsut because they were bullied as kids by other kids or parents.

A bit of research into people’s lives can reveal strange and sometimes terrible things behind behaviours. One boss I had hated to be corrected. Found out it was all because of his step-dad. Took a year to find that out, but after that, I knew better how to approach those certain problems. We worked well together from then on.


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