Decoding the Playbook of Bullies

30 behavior change cards to help professionals spot and stop bullying at workplace.

~60 million working professionals are affected by bullying

Bullying doesn’t just happen on the school playground. Unfortunately, workplaces can have bullies too. Some people grow out of it, some people grow into it. Either way, workplace bullying persists throughout the world, damaging productivity, profit, and our real bottom-line – people.

Just because bullying is common, too common, doesn’t mean it’s normal. This is unacceptable behavior and should not be normalized. If this is happening to you, and you’re on the receiving end, you deserve better! If you’re a leader of an organization, you can’t afford to allow bullying to continue because it compromises the integrity of your company and creates a toxic culture for all employees.

We started this campaign to help working professionals learn more about ways to identify workplace bullies, how workplace bullying can affect one, and safe actions one can take against bullying. We’re breaking down what workplace bullying actually is, what it looks like, and how you can deal with it. Because your well-being comes first.

What and why of bullying

What is Bullying
Bullies are envious of other people’s work
Bullies fear competition from talented colleagues
Bullies want to seek attention and become popular

Characteristics and traits of a workplace bully

When things don’t go their way, bullies threaten
Bullies crave power to dominate
Bullies socially isolate
Bullies use jokes to put you down
When you first meet them, bullies sell dreams
Bullies try to casually blame
Bullies take credit for other people’s work
Bullies manipulate behind the scenes
Bullies casually humiliate
Bullies gate keep resources

Who are the victims of bullying

Bullies target introverts to take their advantage
Bullies employ famous people to steal their network
Bullies target caring and collaborative team players
Bullies target talented people out of inferiority

Adverse effects of workplace bullying

Victims of bullying have low commitment to work
Victims of bullying suffer from sleep deprivation

Victims of bullying lack confidence
Victims of bullying suffer from anxiety/depression

Work shouldn’t hurt: Take action

Talk to your manager or HR
Record all events and conversation (big or small)
Speak up and confront your bully early on

Ways to prevent workplace bullying

Do not blame yourself as bullying is about power
Conduct training programs for your employees
Promote speak up culture for healthy work habits
Do your research on workplace policies


Corporates and Public sector organisations


Young Professionals