How a Bully Targets

Bullies are inventive so the following list of of what a bully looks for in their targets is basic -



Bullies need not target their "victims" because they are weak.


#You may just be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Bullies are predatory and opportunistic. 


#Being good at your job.


#Being popular with people.


#The bully fears exposure of their inadequacy and incompetence, your presence, popularity and competence unknowingly and unwittingly fuel that fear.


#Being the expert and the person to whom people come to for advice, getting more attention than the bully.


#Having a well-defined set of values which you will not compromise.


#Having a sense of integrity.


#Having at least one vulnerability that can be exploited.


#Being too old or expensive.


#Showing independence of thought or deed.


#Jealousy and envy are strong motivators of bullying.

# Unwarranted or invalid criticism while ignoring achievement


# Undermine in front of others, raise false concerns, or express doubts over a persons performance or standard of work, however unsubstantiated this may be


# Overrule, ignore and isolate a person from what’s happening.


# Regularly choose the target by offensive remarks and language or give the silent treatment. 


#Single out and unfairly treat a person differently to other members of staff.


# Degrade, threaten, or humiliate.


# Subject someone to unwarranted or unjustified verbal or written warnings. This falls under  The Employment Act 2002 (Dispute Resolution)


# Set goals and deadlines which are unachievable or which are changed without notice or reason.


# Deny information necessary for undertaking work whilst others often receive more than they need.


# Refuse support if they are a manager.


# Overload a person with work or have all their work taken away and replaced with inappropriate jobs.


# Increase someone’s responsibility but remove his/her authority.


# Have work plagiarised, – the bully then presenting the target’s work as their own.


# Find requests for leave unacceptable and place unnecessary conditions, sometimes overturning previous approval.


# Send unpleasant or threatening calls or harass with intimidating memos, notes or emails


# Invite you to informal meetings which turn out to be disciplinary hearings


# Encourage you to feel guilty and to believe you are always the one at fault


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