Working from home can be both a blessing and a curse. Many office environments provide the protection of community guidelines and expectations, as well as the watchful eyes of each employee, but working from home can be a different story. Remote work often gives colleagues an unwarranted peek into our homes and personal lives. In this new work environment, expectations can be blurred, and workplace bullying can happen.
These are 10 toxic examples of workplace bullying in the work from home environment — from employees just like you — and the ways they’ve combated it, below.
1. “My work from home setup wasn’t nice enough for my coworkers.”
The situation: When Sean’s office went fully remote, so did schools. His two quite rowdy, yet adorable young sons were home as well. Because of the learning and working environment for the rest of his family, Sean set up his office in the laundry room.
“I needed a relatively quiet place with a desk to set up my second monitor, etc.,” he explained. “I didn’t want to bring my work into my bedroom and I didn’t want to buy a new desk just for this. Luckily though, our decently sized laundry room had a built-in desk across the washing units where I could set up.”
Perfect, right? Until the office decided to start having Friday happy hours.
“For whatever reason, Sean working in the laundry room quickly became the butt of every joke,” said Sean. “It was always the first thing brought up on the weekly call, every…