Intimidation is intentional behavior performed by someone in which it causes another person (the victim) fear either by physical or psychological injury or harm.
A perpetrator knows what they are doing and will want to gain control of a situation by making their victim feel insecure.
Intimidation can cause psychological damage which will make the victim question themselves, which may lead to depression or suicide.
Intimidation in the workplace can make your office environment to be a toxic place to work in.
When your boss or coworker is subjecting you to intimidation in the workplace your mental health will be affected and you may even find you have no choice but to quit your job if the constant bullying becomes unbearable.
What does Intimidation in the Workplace Look Like?
Workplace intimidation, which is also called workplace bullying, happens when someone superior to you or a coworker uses psychological threats, blackmail or verbal abuse to manipulate an employee to do things in order to feel superior over that person (the victim).
Intimidation may become apparant from the start by the superior showing they are above you. It does not have to be gradual as you may be told by your co-workers that the boss is on the prowl and that you have to jump through hoops to please him or her.
In some cases it may be made apparant over time, where the perpetrator accesses the victims weakness and plays on their insecurities. This does not have to be in the workplace it could be a friend, neighbour, partner or landlord. Basically anyone that has control over you in some way and feels they are superior to you can potentially intimidate you if you let them.
Intimidation can be:
- Physical violence or threats
- Raising Voices
- Ignoring you and your requests
- Being Hostile physical posturing
- Humiliating, ridiculing or insulting you in front of coworkers or customers
- Intentionally dicing you work outside your expertise
- Purposely finding faults with your work or assigning errors to you that are not your responsibility
- Copying your ideas and taking credit for your work
- Sabotaging your work or setting you up to fail
- Raising the bar for success or setting up different standards for the targeted employee
- Interfering with your ability to work
- Highlighting the fact that your are dispensable, that you could loose your job if your work is not up to scratch
- Showing superiority so that you feel insecure and putting the victim in their place, reminding the victim why they are where they are and how things could eaily change, playing on the victims insecurities.
- Intimidation that can cause your mental health to change, such as spreading lies.
- Making the employee feel unwelcome or singled out in social events.
Illegal Workplace Discrimination.
When there is intimidation in workplace it can easily cross the line into illegal workplace discrimination.
This applies to conduct based on:
- National origin
- Sex or gender
If an employer makes employment decisions that hinders your job role and assignments or allows its employees to create a hostile work environment, you may be able to make a discrimiantion claim against the employer. If your employer doesn’t live up to its promises or comply with its anti-harassment policies, you may be able to sue based on a breach of contract claim.
Regarless if intimidation is made in the workplace or in another environment such as a landlord intimidating a tenant for example you do have rights and you can find the relevant help in order that you are no longer intimidated and can live a life without feeling insecure. Nobody should live in fear.
**If you have problems at home with your landlord you should contact your local council office.
Your council should have a tenancy relations officer or a housing team who can help.
The council could:
- help you get back into your home
- find you somewhere else to live
- take your landlord to court for evicting you illegally
- give you advice about getting an injunction and claiming compensation
Form N16A: Application for injunction (General form)
Use this general injunction form to ask the court to order a person, company or organisation to do something or not to do something.n16a-eng