Let’s Talk About Office Bullying

In this article, we will talk about workplace bullying. We will discuss the possible causes of this issue in the office. We will also look at some examples on the types of bullies. In addition to that, we will talk about possible solutions to help put an end to this problem.

Workplace bullying is any repeated behavior that adds unnecessary stress to your life in the office. It is usually in the form of aggression and other unwarranted behavior that drains your confidence. Many people think that bullying only happens among school-aged children. But here’s the thing. Sometimes, an office is not far different from a school classroom or abuse at work. There are many insecure bullies who think intimidation makes them far more superior than anyone else. It can really get in the way of your career progression. But I guess as long as you work with human beings, you can’t really avoid crossing paths with people who have questionable values.

Bullies exist because of insecurities, poor thinking, and a lack of self-awareness. Some workplace bullies were actually the targets of bullying back when they were young.  I guess somehow, they feel like they’re carrying out some sort of revenge for themselves when they coerce other people in the office. They use the power that they have now to belittle others and treat them with contempt. Bullies also target the ones that they see as competition, especially if those people are particularly less experienced than they are. Because they don’t want those people to excel, they do whatever it takes to pull them down and stop their growth. The bullies want to get ahead, so they use aggression and other dirty tactics to take down their competition.

The most common example of a workplace bully is perhaps the aggressive ones. They always find a way to embarrass you in front of everyone. They always have something negative to say about you. You see, their attacks are personal. Even if you’re not doing anything wrong at work, they will always come up with destructive criticisms. In other words, they will always make an effort to bring you down. This is common among coworkers of the same level or designation. Another common type of bully is the micromanaging supervisor. This kind of bully likes power-tripping and treats subordinates like slaves. They will use their power and influence to manipulate you and even to stop you from gaining power. They are probably threatened by your talent, and that’s why they will try hard to stop you from getting promotions. They might even try to make things difficult for you to make you give up and quit.

You can find different ways to resolve this issue depending on your current situation. If it’s not yet that serious, then maybe you can ignore it and stay professional. Some bullies usually stop when they see that you’re not reacting to their actions. However, if it’s more serious, then it could be time to take it up to the management.

It Is Essential To Identify And Seek What You Want

“Education is not merely meant for you to write and pass exams, get a good job and a good spouse, and settle down for survival.”
― Israelmore Ayivor, Leaders’ Frontpage: Leadership Insights from 21 Martin Luther King Jr. Thoughts


“Many of us have this mind-set which considers self-promotion a taboo.”
― Abhishek Ratna, No Parking. No Halt. Success Non Stop!


“For success in corporate world, it is essential to identify and seek what you want.”
― Abhishek Ratna, No Parking. No Halt. Success Non Stop!


“Move out of your comfort zone, develop those necessary skills and go all out for that much needed advancement!”
― Abhishek Ratna, No Parking. No Halt. Success Non Stop!
“Those who work hard and constantly seek to be visible to their superiors, those who showcase their hard work, are the ones who advance to positions of greater power and responsibility.”
― Abhishek Ratna, No Parking. No Halt. Success Non Stop!
“I’m no dynamic career woman. I don’t network or do lunch – I work because I have to. My job does not define me, but I try to do it well.”
― Tracy Engelbrecht, The Girl Who Couldn’t Say No
“The silent workers get lost in the endless darkness of the corporate world.”
― Abhishek Ratna, No Parking. No Halt. Success Non Stop!
“The focus should be on becoming a strong and
influential personality – cultivate compelling communication skills, focus on building trust and learn how to expand and leverage your professional network.”
― Abhishek Ratna, No Parking. No Halt. Success Non Stop!
“He was terribly conscious that he only had one life and it seemed to sad to think that he had wasted it. He could never surmount his immeasurable regret. And that’s why I tell you that Byring is right. Even though it only lasts five years, even though he ruins his career, even though this marriage ends in disaster, it will have been worth while. He will have been satisfied. He will have fulfilled himself.”
― W. Somerset Maugham
“It’s safer/ easier to follow the script and complain how broken some things are in that script, than to attempt to change those things.”
― Lukasz Laniecki, You Have The Right Not To Make Your Parents Proud. A Book Of Quotes
“He was terribly conscious that he only had one life and with seemed to sad to think that he had wasted it. He could never surmount his immeasurable regret. And that’s why I tell you that Byring is right. Even though it only lasts five years, even though he ruins his career, even though this marriage ends in disaster, it will have been worth while. He will have been satisfied. He will have fulfilled himself.”
― W. Somerset Maugham

Never Ignore What Your Heart Pumps For

“None of us has an obligation to accept the definitions of ‘respect’ and ‘gratitude’ our parents espoused, especially when those definitions can be used to guilt-trip us, or when they are being used for the purpose of forcing us to do certain things (as an extortion mechanism).”
― Lukasz Laniecki, You Have The Right Not To Make Your Parents Proud. A Book Of Quotes


“If people heavily rely on innovations that contain artificial intelligence, they would end up losing their own critical thinking and creativity skills to complete educational and/or job related tasks, which would result them to lose credibility when the work gets accomplished.”
― Saaif Alam


“Some fail because after they choose the direction for their careers, they spend too much time second-guessing their decision.”
― Kim Ha Campbell, Inner Peace Outer Abundance


“Burnout is a war that must be won on two fronts.”
― Jeanine Joy, Burnout: Prevention and Recovery, Resilience and Retention


“Why, then,’ answered the squire, ‘I am very sorry you have given him so much learning; for, if he cannot get his living by that, it will rather spoil him for anything else; and your other son, who can hardly write his name, will do more at ploughing and sowing, and is in a better condition, than he.’ And indeed so it proved; for the poor lad, not finding friends to maintain him in his learning, as he had expected, and being unwilling to work, fell to drinking, though he was a very sober lad before; and in a short time, partly with grief, and partly with good liquor, fell into a consumption, and died.”
― Henry Fielding, Joseph Andrews



“Ignoring your passion is slow suicide. Never ignore what your heart pumps for. Mold your career around your lifestyle not your lifestyle around your career.”
― Unknown


“Self-care is how you take your power back.”
― Lalah Delia


“But I was 22 when I started this job, and you know what? Sometimes it really is okay to just have a fucking job. Not a passion, not a career, but a steadfast source of bi-weekly income deposited directly into a checking account from which food, and medicine, and apps one totally forgot about having downloaded will be paid for.”
― Samantha Irby, We Are Never Meeting In Real Life


“One of the first lessons I learned in working life was that you don’t need to like every one of your colleagues, and they don’t need to like you either. You just have to respect them, and getting their respect in return.”
― Marcella Purnama, What I Wish I Had Known


“In the present day corporate world, it is utmost important to build a personal brand for yourself and anyone who knows the basics of brand-building would know that it is impossible without proper self promotion!”
― Abhishek Ratna, No Parking. No Halt. Success Non Stop!

Action Is The Spark That Ignites Potential

“Being in charge of your work life doesn’t mean you always move with assurance and sublime self-confidence; it means you keep moving, continuing on your own path, even when you feel shaky and uncertain.”
― Charlotte Beers, I’d Rather Be in Charge: A Legendary Business Leader’s Roadmap for Achieving Pride, Power, and Joy at Work


“The main character, Gene Moore, is shown how much of his identity is wrapped up in his career and potential in that career. When he comes home from war no longer able to see himself as a baseball prospect, he isn’t sure who he is. This is thoroughly reinforced every time one of his acquaintances identifies him by baseball or inquires about his status. How much of our identity and worth is wrapped up in our job title or the one we are aspiring to?”
― Gary Moore, Playing With the Enemy: A Baseball Prodigy, a World at War, and a Field of Broken Dreams


“Action is the spark that ignites potential.”
― John Long, Career Judo – The Martial Art for the Mindful Career


“Everything in life, except her kids, made her impatient. She had tried to do a million things. She’d wanted to be a documentary filmmaker and then a painter and then a tiny-ceramic-figure maker. None of it panned out. She’d be full of enthusiasm at first, full of big ideas and energy and drive, but it would all gradually evaporate and disappear. She could never maintain the momentum or the concentration or the confidence she needed to get anything done.”
― Miriam Toews, The Flying Troutmans


“…young people know very little about themselves and their abilities. When the day comes on which they discover their real strong points and their weaknesses, it is often to late. They have usually been drawn into the current of a particular vocation, and have given too much energy to the preparation for a specific achievement to change the whole life-plan once more. The entire scheme of education gives to the individual little chance to find himself.”
― Hugo Munsterberg, Psychology and Industrial Efficiency



“I have come to realize that a person’s relationship with their career is no different than their relationship with their spouse. You wake up together. You go to sleep together. You live together. It is possible to stay in a relationship that is based on convenience, financial security, or necessity, as opposed to genuine passion or love. But chances are that if the relationship is not built on genuine passion and love, it will have some difficulty at some point in time. Chances are it will fall apart at some point in time. And even if you manage to make it work, it just doesn’t feel good every day to wake up and go to sleep with someone or something you are simply not passionate about.

The other thing I have come to realize is perhaps even more important. They say that people are afraid to fail. The proverbial “they”. I don’t know who “they” are, but they say it… People are afraid to fail. Or so it goes. But I disagree. People may think they are afraid to fail. But they are not afraid of failure per se. They are actually only afraid that other people will see that they have failed. They are afraid of what other will think of their failure. People will take incredible chances when there is no risk of others witnessing their failure. It’s why people dance and sing in the shower. It is the fear of what others will think of their failure that leads to constraints. Despair. Even suicide. In my career, I have seen multiple friends and clients give up, I am certain, out of a perceived shame of what they must have thought others were thinking of their failures… But it is an objective, outright, and utterly useless hindrance. A hindrance to success. There is nothing constructive about it. It is a reflex to overcome…. Flukes aside, success requires total dedication.”

Don’t Pursue A Career In Something You Hate To Do

“Be careful what you get good at doin’, cuz you’ll be doin’ it for the rest of your life.”
― Gabrielle Hamilton, Blood, Bones, and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef


“Your career success in the workplace of today–independent of technical expertise–depends on the quality of your people skills. (9)”
― Max Messmer Jr., Managing Your Career for Dummies


“A world full of people who want to know what you will be, what is your skill and what is your purpose. In the north, if a man had come and said “What will you be? What will you do?” I would have laughed at this kind of person that lives all the time in the future.”
― Daniel Mason, A Far Country


“Doing something later is not automatically the same as doing something better”
― Meg Jay, The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter–And How to Make the Most of Them Now


“Food has been my career, my hobby, and, it must be said, my escape.”
― Nigel Slater, Toast: The Story of a Boy’s Hunger


“what secular avocation on earth was there for a young man (whose friends could not get him an ‘appointment’) which was at once gentlemanly, lucrative, and to be followed without special knowledge?”
― George Eliot, Middlemarch


“You will only be great at the things you love to do.
Don’t pursue a career in something you hate to do.”
― Dave Grohl


“Putting your time in at the office; dutifully spawning your two point five; smiling politely at your retirement party; then chewing on your bedsheet and choking on your canned peaches at the nursing home. It was better never to have been born-never to have wanted anything, never to have hoped for anything.”
― Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch


“The first test of ability and intelligence is to find a field of endeavor in which profits are large and risks small.”
― James Gould Cozzens, The Just and the Unjust

Everybody Needs A Career Manager

“Very well then! I’ll write, write write. He let the words soak into his mind and displace all else.

A man had a choice, after all. He devoted his life to his work or to his wife and children and home. It could not be combined; not in this day and age. In this insane world where God was second to income and goodness to wealth.”
― Richard Matheson, Collected Stories, Vol. 1


“I worked for a menial’s hire,
Only to learn, dismayed,
That any wage I had asked of Life,
Life would have willingly paid.”
― Jessie B. Rittenhouse


“Everybody needs a career manager.”- Lady Macbeth”
― Robert Lynn Asprin, Myth-ing Persons


“I never said it was easy to find your place in this world, but I’m coming to the conclusion that if you seek to please others, you will forever be changing because you will never be yourself, only fragments of someone you could be. You need to belong to yourself, and let others belong to themselves too. You need to be free and detached from things and your surroundings. You need to build your home in your own simple existence, not in friends, lovers, your career or material belongings, because these are things you will lose one day. That’s the natural order of this world. This is called the practice of detachment.”
― Charlotte Eriksson, Empty Roads & Broken Bottles; in search for The Great Perhaps


“Out of the current confusion of ideals and and confounding of career hopes, a calm recognition may yet emerge that productive labor is the foundation of all prosperity.”
― Matthew B. Crawford


“If you’re male, and you’re Christian and living in America, your father is your model for God. And sometimes you find your father in your career.”
― Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club

When One Door Closes Another Opens

“If you can show people how to build castles, make sure you do not neglect building and nurturing your own.”
― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem


“My mind rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work, give me the most abstruse cryptogram, or the most intricate analysis, and I am in my own proper atmosphere. I can dispense with artificial stimulants. But I abhor the dull routine of existence. I crave for mental exaltation. That is why I have chosen my own particular profession, or rather created it, for I am the only one in the world.”
― Arthur Conan Doyle, The Sign of Four


“I now have anti-bodies to assholes after working for so many.”
― Crystal Woods, Write like no one is reading
“(Georgie) Two hundred years later and it’s exactly the same thing. You want to spend every single moment with your children and still have a fulfilling life at work.”
― Nancy Woodruff, My Wife’s Affair
“I was very lucky to be offered a lovely piece of property to build a career on. I started building a house on it, but it wasn’t necessarily a house I would want to live in. So I ripped down that house, and I worked with these great lumberjacks to build a really cool cabin—a place I want to drink whiskey in and hang out until the sun rises.”
― Vanessa Carlton
“God help me, he thought. God help all us poor wretches who could create and find we must lose our hearts for it because we cannot afford to spend our time at it. (“Mad House”)”
― Richard Matheson, Collected Stories, Vol. 1
“Yet for quixotic reasons–namely, that I enjoyed writing obits–I had decided to scale back on articles about city life in order to write exclusively about the city’s dead. For even less money. It was a strange and inexplicable career move.”
― Avi Steinberg, Running the Books: The Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian
“It’s not that I want to work for Williams-Sonoma, per se, it’s just that you guys have the money and I don’t.”
― FAXBoy
“Once lay down the rule that the job comes first and you throw that job open to every individual, man or woman, fat or thin, tall or short, ugly or beautiful, who is able to do that job better than the rest of the world.”
― Dorothy L. Sayers, Are Women Human? Astute and Witty Essays on the Role of Women in Society
“When one door closes another opens but all too often there is a long hallway in between. ”
― Rick Jarow, The Ultimate Anti-Career Guide: The Inner Path to Finding Your Work in the World

Your Most Important “Want” Should Be The One You Can Control

“In the early days all I hoped was to make a living out of what I did best. But, since there’s no real market for masturbation I had to fall back on my bass playing abilities.”
― Les Claypool


“As much as I would really like to have saved myself heartache, embarrassment or gossip, I also know that my biggest mistakes have turned into my best lessons. And sometimes my greatest career triumphs. If my life had been turbulence-free, maybe my music would be beige, maybe the stadiums wouldn’t be full and the mantle would be a little more empty.”
― Taylor Swift


“After all, people may really have in them some vocation which is not quite plain to themselves, may they not? They may seem idle and weak because they are growing. We should be very patient with each other, I think.”
― George Eliot, Middlemarch


“If I never got to make a living doing what I loved, I’d still do it–for fun and for free.”
― Susan E. Isaacs, Angry Conversations with God: A Snarky but Authentic Spiritual Memoir


“Happiness does not come from a job. It comes from knowing what you truly value, and behaving in a way that’s consistent with those beliefs.”
― Mike Rowe


“Every industrious man, in every lawful calling, is a useful man. And one principal reason why men are so often useless is that they neglect their own profession or calling, and divide and shift their attention among a multiplicity of objects and pursuits.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Every time you worry that you could get trapped in some kind of work you don’t care about, you’re dealing with the problem of meaningfulness. I guarantee that in the back of your mind is the thought that somehow you have to make a contribution to something, be acknowledged, do something that matters–or you’re just fooling around.”
― Barbara Sher, I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was: How to Discover What You Really Want and How to Get It


“Your most important “want” should be the one you can control!”
― Shannon L. Alder

The Dynamics Of Object Management

Project management is one of the broad concepts which is very crucial for anyone who is working in the corporate world. There are so many different sub-topics that are a part of this module. If you want to be really adept at the work you do, it is important to be skilled in project management. Let us shift our focus on some of the core aspects pertaining to this topic.

One of the key things which you need to understand is the project management process. This step once again can be divided into 5 separate phases and these include

  • Initiation
  • Planning
  • Execution
  • Monitoring
  • Control

Now you have to understand that all these 5 steps are really important for any project to run smoothly. Whenever you have been assigned a project, you should first set the base for the initiation and check out the details associated with it. The triggering of the first step would be called as the initiation. Sometimes, people take ages to being a project and this could lead to unwanted stalling of the project.

The next phase would be planning. Here, even before you start executing the sequential steps, it gets important to plan the processes ahead. A lot of projects which either fair or get delayed happen because of inefficient second phase. It is important to sit with the team and plan the next moves and let each of the contributing members understand their role. Until and unless you have a clear action plan, how are things even going to work out?

The third stage would be execution. Once you have the whole blueprint ready, you will need to start executing them. Simply spending time planning endless tasks and executing none is never going to reap any kind of advantage. When you have made the blueprint ready, you then need to make sure that your plans are put into action.

The next stage would be monitoring. Often what we plan and what gets executed do not really tally. In such cases, it is important to monitor the different details. Until and unless you keep an eye on the different millstones and check if the sub-segments are being executed in a timely manner, things won’t work out the way it is supposed to.

The final phase is the control wherein you watch the deliverables and check the action to be taken. If you find that the final outcome is in tandem with the projected outcome, you can exit the project. If changes are needed or feedback has to be sought, the right controls need to be implemented and accordingly, the action has to be taken.

So, it is really important to get a clear idea regarding how the project should be carried out. When you give your best and you are willing to work on the dynamics of the project in an efficient manner, your company should be able to witness the right kind of results.

Even those who are appearing for their PMP exam need to get the basics of project management right or else their chances of clearing it will be very negligible. Another key point which we want to add here is that under no circumstance should you mix perfect life cycle with project management processes. They are quite different and cannot be used interchangeably. So, you should get the basics right.

Those who would like a little more help and guidance in this regard so as to understand the difference between project management processes and project lifecycle; they should make it a point to check out the videos on YouTube by Deniz. He uses the right approach and ideas.

The Resume Objective Roles

Have you tried filing your resume yet? You must already have an idea as to how important the resume really is. Even before you get an interview call, your résumé is meticulously analyzed to ascertain if you are a good enough hire when it comes to the job. Until and unless, the selection panel really feels that your resume looks tailored for the job, they are likely to not even ask you to come for the job interview. This necessitates the need to work on your resume lest all your effort of preparing for the big interview would be wasted.

Focusing on the resume

Coming to the resume, you need to know that it has several parts in it. It is your duty and responsibility to make sure that you are aware of the importance of each of these parts and you can also visit this https://thecareermastery.com/career-tips/resume-objective/ to get additional insight about the topic. Here, we are going to shift our focus on the resume objective and illustrate the importance of this segment.

Imagine a case wherein there is a vacancy for 15 candidates. However, on various occasions, firms do not mention the exact number of vacancies which are present. The number of applications which are submitted ends up being 125 approximately. So, do you really think that the selection panel is going to meticulously study every single résumé when they are going to interview a maximum of 35 people? In such cases, to curtail the time spent, it is the resume objective section which is often scanned to determine which candidate deserves an interview call.

So, your fate might be dependent on how good your résumé objective is. Now that you can understand the importance, let us shift our focus on how to write it in a compelling manner.

What does a resume objective look like?

If you take a close look at resume objective, you will find that ideally it should sum up your candidature and explain what you aspire for. Your objective should give a brief snapshot of the skills you possess, the goals you have and what you aim to do with your career.

Owing to the kind of use it will serve and the content, it is important to have the résumé objective tailored for the specific job and not have ‘one size, fits all’ logic here. Based on the job you are applying to, you should tweak your résumé objective in a way that it seems to suit the job in the most desired manner.

These are some of the things you need to keep in mind. If you are still looking for more tips on this matter, we recommend checking out the expert article by Deniz, a former PWC employee at The Career Mastery. The depth of the content and the efficiency of his tips will surely leave you mighty impressed.

Remember, every effort that you put is going to leave you happy and satisfied. The joy of finally getting your dream job is unmatched and worth every single thing. So, give in your very best. And don’t forget to read my previous post here for more great tips and guides.