It was Francois Truffaut who said that it’s not possible to make an anti-war movie, because all war movies, with their energy and sense of adventure, end up making combat look like fun.
Likewise, it is very difficult to make an anti-workplace bullying campaign because all bullying articles, forums and blogs, are based on theories and the solutions recommended sum up that there is no antidote for workplace bullying.
But if combat is from ground level, from the infantryman’s point of view, then the workplace bullying it’s not one more sign of the times nor is it a scientific dissertation.
The workplace anti bullying solution is not fantasy, nor legend, nor metaphor, nor a message. It comes from the memory, the recollection of the event as it was experienced by you and your willingness to solve it
Anti-workplace bullying tactics need to adopt a style that rushes head on into incidents and are not based on theories.
It is our belief that there is no carefully mapped plot to lead us from point to point; instead, like the characters, we are flexible.
Anything is likely to happen, usually without warning. The canvas of various personalities can include the “veteran” manager, the survivor of so many hits that his subordinates believe he cannot be fired; another “good” manager who tries to escape from his reality through bullying; a scared child who has become dangerous because it is the only way to protect himself.
Some of the bullies have lost their direction, tormenting almost anyone for the slightest pretext. Others have still retained some measure and in this case it is believed that the situation is better.
In today’s workplace the sense of danger is vivid. There is rarely a clear, unequivocal shot from your enemy.
Even the presence of colleagues sometimes enrage the bullies because they merely stand there and look inert, confused and helpless. They too are victims. When their own jobs also may be at stake, it is dangerous for them as well if they disagree. This is why when we see friends shooting each other at work we can understand why.
As a result Fear conquers. Fear becomes anger, anger becomes violence.
Fear is Toxic.
But if you want to brake the bond, to maximize your chances to survive mentally and physically, the one who has to stand up to fear and the Bully in the battlefield is You