The phrase, workplace mistreatment can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. One person's mistreatment may be another person's everyday annoyance. No matter what actions you consider tantamount to mistreatment, you need to learn how to handle them effectively, responsibly and maturely.
Do not react. When you feel you are being mistreated at work, the worst thing you can do is react. Instead, take a moment to think about the treatment that has upset you and determine the best way to deal with it without letting your emotions cloud your judgment.
- Look at the situation objectively. It is possible that you have is interpreted the situation and that you are actually not being mistreated. Talk to a friend or loved one about the examples you have and try to figure out how objective you are being in your assessment.
- Do not try to get revenge. Many people think that getting revenge will put their workplace miscreant on the receiving end of the mistreatment stick and will teach them a lesson. unfortunately, this is rarely the case and revenge often ends up escalating the situation rather than resolving it.
- Consult management. If a coworker is responsible for the mistreatment, then bring the situation to management's attention. Make sure you have objective examples of the mistreatment to share and make sure you present it in an unemotional manner. Explaining that you find the behavior unacceptable is fine but if you do so while you are angry or emotional your complaint may be dismissed as an overreaction. If management is responsible for the mistreatment, take the matter up with your human resources department.
- Always take the high road. It never pays to be reduced to the level of the person mistreating you. Make informed decisions about how to react and be sure to stay on the high road.
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