Speak up 4 Yourself @ workplace

Identify the problems early will help find solutions promptly.

No one is immune from work-related stress! Yes, you can (and should) say no

While it’s uncomfortable for many of us, learning to say ‘no’ at work is not only OK, it’s important”, says Sydney-based career coach Jane Jackson.

Raise the following with your employer:

Minimise confusion by clearly defining workers’ roles, reporting structures, tasks and performance standard; and

Increase the level of practical support during peak workloads.

A wise employer will consult workers about how major organisational changes may affect them and listening to their views. By supplying appropriate manual handling equipment, it will reduce the physical demands of the job.

Gather your courage to talk to your supervisor.

It may sound challenging to talk to your supervisor about bullying by fellow colleagues because of the power differential. However, employers may think of supporting workers facing bullying as applying first aid for physical injuries. Give it a go!

Our body language may gives away our communication style! Make a note of your posture, tone of voice when you are interacting with family and friends Vs colleagues at work!

Being assertive is to be open and honest with how you feel and what you would like to do. Practise ‘I-statement’ such as

‘ I feel hurt when ….’

I would like to get additional help during peak hours…’

Practice makes perfect! If you take NO action, the bullying may get worse. Find a buddy to role play how you would say NO to unreasonable demands, set boundaries and raise issues with senior management.

It is always wise to find out about your rights, set a bottom line that cannot be passed. Talk to someone who is prepared to LISTEN, and help you create an action plan. Do something to relax: exercise, mediate, engage in creative activities.

Help is available!

We are here to LISTEN!


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