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If your company doesn’t have such a process, or if the person to whom you would report is the culprit, then try to find a champion elsewhere—another supervisor or leader in the company who can intervene on your behalf, she says.

Your strategy will depend on who is bullying you, says Gary Namie, director of the Workplace Bullying Institute and co-author of If a peer or subordinate is bullying you, turn the tables by deflecting the person’s attacks. “When someone feels threatened or powerless, they try to exert power over other people through bullying.” The Workplace Bullying Institute survey defines bullying as “repeated mistreatment of an employee by one or more employees; abusive conduct that is: threatening, humiliating, or intimidating; work sabotage; or verbal abuse.” Some experts say it goes further than that. “At its core, bullying is about power,” says Tara Fishler, a conflict-resolution specialist.When you tell others about the bullying you’ve experienced at the hands of this person, they may have a hard time believing you. This bully is charming to those they seek to take advantage of or who offer opportunity to them, “but they’ve got their claws out for anyone else,” Curry says.This gossipy bully tells stories and defames you behind your back, Curry says.

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