Have you ever found yourself in the position of being the target (scapegoat) of a workplace bully? Have you been gossiped about, ostracized, or scrutinized by your coworkers or boss and found to be lacking? How can you tell if you are being scapegoated at work? Here are some questions to answer: Do you find yourself being ignored, overlooked, and isolated? Do you feel that everyone knows a secret but you? Are you unsure of the “rules” but get in big trouble when you break one – and the repercussions do not match the infractions? Do people treat you disrespectfully, condescendingly, and insultingly? Do you feel confused about how you are treated by others? Have you been reprimanded or blamed for innocuous “offenses,” such as being five minutes late to a meeting, or standing the wrong way, or answering the phone improperly; all the while watching your coworkers committing similar or worse “infractions” with no consequences? Do you feel that you live in a world of double standards?
Source: The Trauma of Workplace Bullying