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Bullied worker offers advice and hope


Date published: 5/25/2014

Bullied worker offers advice and hope

I feel compelled to respond to Lynne Richardson's May 11 column ["Bullies can make a workplace toxic"].

Having worked for more than 50 years, I was unfortunately bullied in some workplaces. I was able to sustain the abuse because of my faith, but I do wonder how others handle it. It's hurtful, degrading, unhealthy, worrisome and depressing, especially when it goes on for a while.

I want to say something encouraging to those who are going though bullying now: You are not alone. If no one can help you within the workplace, tell someone outside the workplace who can give you good advice and support--a professional, a pastor, a mentoring group, family members or friends.

Telling your story to people who care and want to help you gives you hope. You can get through this. Do your best job on the job in spite of your humiliation.

Good things come to those who endure and wait. In the end, you will be rewarded for it. I have been, and it just keeps getting better!

Sam Harris

Spotsylvania