How to Deal with Cyber Bullying in the Workplace

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Bullying in the workplace can be tough enough, but cyber bullying brings this to a whole new extreme, especially if you do not know who is behind the threats. You should never have to deal with bullying, no matter where you are working, especially someone who is so cowardly to hide behind a screen. If you are dealing with cyber bullying in the workplace, there are certain steps you should take to uncover who is behind it and prevent it from happening to anyone else. Don’t suffer in silence - stand up to cyberbullies!

Never Respond Immediately

The first time you see a horrifying email or an attack online, you can feel yourself fill with rage. This could cause you to say something you may regret and may get you into just as much trouble. Once something has been posted on the internet, unfortunately, it is there forever. No matter what has been said or how personal, it is best to take some time and to collect your thoughts. Cyberbullies want a reaction and therefore we shouldn’t give them one. If you do not need to respond at all, then don’t. If you are still required to work with this person, speak to one of your colleagues or senior management on a response to the attack in question.

Try to Find Out Who It Is

The problem with cyberbullying is more times than not, we do not know who it is. People think they are invincible when they are hiding behind a screen and it is not right to let someone get away with it just because they are using an anonymous account. There are several ways to discover who a cyber bully is, such as using digital investigation services. These experts are trained to recover data and to discover the source of any vicious emails or messages you may be receiving in the workplace.

Get Paper Copies as Proof

Although data can be stored on the internet forever, if you delete that message due to anger, it may be difficult to recover. A cyber bully may try to cover their tracks, and this means deleting their accounts which may then delete any proof that it happened. If you see something that is classed as cyberbullying in the workplace, it is best to screenshot this for future proof. Save any messages and comments and print them out.

Report Them!

Nobody should ever deal with this in silence. If you or a colleague are being cyberbullied, it should be reported to your manager or HR in the first instance. If the cyberbully happens to be your manager, speak to someone higher. Include copies of the messages or comments in question so they can have a look themselves. You can also contact the police if threats are being made, as they will be able to put this all down on file, so you have proof if these empty threats begin to escalate.

Reporting cyberbullying is extremely important, as well as keeping hard copies of any evidence. Don’t respond unless you have to and never get involved, however tough it may be.