Regaining your confidence after workplace bullying or discrimination – ABC Everyday (Grace Jennings-Edquist | February 2021)

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Distress, anxiety, work avoidance, lowered productivity, and taking more sick days: Workplace bullying and discrimination can have a significant impact on employees’ mental health.

Some victims can even experience trauma that lasts well beyond the job itself, according to north Brisbane-based psychologist Rachel Hannam.

Too often people who live with a disability can be an easy target for workplace bullying or discrimination. As discussed in this article, it can have a toxic effect. All employees need to stand together to stamp out instances of workplace bullying or discrimination.

We asked Dr Hannam and two other experts how to move on after experiencing bullying or discrimination in a previous role.

Disconnect from the perpetrators

The first thing to do is look after yourself — and that means making sure you’re out of the situation where the negative experience occurred, says Megumi Miki, a Melbourne-based leadership and culture consultant, speaker and author.

“I’ve heard of situations where people were in a bullying situation, for example, but afterwards [in a new role] they still had that interactions with those people,” Ms Miki says.

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