HELLO fellow pharmacists and welcome to the sixth article in the 5W2 series.
As you know if you have read any of my previous articles, the 5W2 series is a selection of short articles on strategies and techniques to support our emotional development within our professional roles.
I had intended this sixth article to be Five Ways to manage your State as advertised at the end of the last article, but a pharmacy friend suggested that Five ways to deal with Bullying may be helpful considering the recent articles and Pharmacy in Practice dilemma on Bullying.
In writing this article I have reflected on the following:
- My experience with clients whose confidence has been affected as a result of bullying in the workplace by a line manager or colleagues.
- The themes in the “Pharmacy in Practice” Dilemma – Bullying in the Workplace.
In writing this article I have assumed the following:
- Bullies are weak (emotionally, mentally, socially or physically) and it is wrong to take strength from others to compensate for your own weakness.
- We should never look down on anyone unless we are helping that person up.
Based on the above here are my Five Ways to deal with Bullying:
- Separate your Feelings from the Facts
- Walk in the Bully’s shoes
- Act as if it doesn’t bother you
- Confident communication
- Phone a friend