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Workplace bullying on the rise

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What was once thought as a "kids" problem, bullying has been identified as one of the newest problems among adults in the workplace.

"The bullying was favoritism. This guy can do this and I was the highest qualified one there," says Columbus resident, Rohan Brown.

Brown moved from New York to take a job in Columbus last year.

It wasn't long after he started that he became a victim of bullying and walked away from the situation.

"It made me stronger. I know what I do is good. I'm an expert in what I do, very professional in what I do and for him to do what he did to me is his lose."

However, most victims of bullying are not as confident as Brown.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adult bullying affects an estimated 12 million Americans in the workplace - nearly a third more women than men.

Experts say a victim will not speak to their superiors about the problem for the fear of losing their positions.

"There's a fear of retaliation, fear of losing their jobs, but again you don't want to be a victim, you want to be powerful and that is why you have a human resource professional or someone above you who wants to have a safe workplace both physically and psychologically," explains Mark Strunk of the Business Resource Center, a division of the Pastoral Institute.

If you find yourself faced with workplace bully or a bully in any aspect of life, there are steps you can take to gain control of the situation.

According to US News and World Report, document your situation and get in the habit of noting what happens with the bully and when.

Second, get superiors involved and explain how the situation is impacting your ability to do your work.

Lastly, move on. Like Brown, if you've done your best to manage the situation you may consider moving on.

"Let them know they won't win," says Brown. "Sooner or later they'll get theirs, but for the time being, keep your head up and turn the other cheek. Keep going on."

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