Maybe you’ve come across the recent experiment that IKEA conducted to raise awareness of bullying: they displayed two healthy, identical plants side-by-side in their own enclosures, giving both the same amount of nutrition and light. One plant was fed positive recorded messages, and the other heard negative comments all day long.
The result? No surprises. It took less than a month for the bullied plant to wither away.
We might be lucky enough to work on teams where bullying has been phased out, or maybe not. I’m sharing this for those who witness someone being treated badly in their kitchens but don’t speak out. It might be easier to turn away because “that’s the culture and we’ve all gone through that”. But be conscious of the part you’re playing: because your silence enables the bully and endorses his or her actions.