Identifying and Recognizing Intimidation

Because intimidation in the workplace takes many different forms, it can be challenging to recognize. For many people, intimidation is a form of crossing boundaries. Someone literally crosses your moral boundaries and invades an area where others shouldn't go. These boundaries are different for everyone. Once you feel systematically anxious or threatened by a colleague's behavior, you are likely being intimidated. Victims often exhibit signaling behavior. These can be innocent behaviors indicating stress, such as mistakes, absent-mindedness, or nervousness. However, stress due to intimidation can lead to frequent illness, stomach problems, or self-harm. Victims may also try to avoid social contact with certain colleagues. Lack of guilt is often observed in the perpetrator's eyes because, in their view, the victim deserves it. If you see colleagues having conflicts without seeking reconciliation afterward, there is a chance of workplace intimidation.