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Bullies use jokes to put you down
Is it friendly teasing or is that boss or coworker making fun of you? This is another sign of workplace bullying that you should trust your instincts on. If you feel like someone is attempting to undermine your authority or make you appear less competent, that's not friendly. It's bullying.

Bullies know exactly the people who would not hesitate to speak up against them and question their actions. They know that it is extremely difficult to dominate them and hence choose a different way to intimidate them. They crack jokes on them in a public setting to offend them and belittle them.

The jokes are intended to hurt the other person and make them feel bad about themselves. They are humiliated in a public setting and that makes it even worse. It is imperative that employers protect employees from bullies and foster a team environment at the workplace.