How to deal with a bully in the workplace. Best way to counter-act a sniper is asking a question that expose them, like, "What did you say? Are you trying to put me down?" Stand up to a bully and he/she will respect you. Bullies don't understand niceness, they can only relate to power and domination. Act the same toward them as they act toward you, use the same language that they use is better than kiss-ass or submission. Never make the mistake of appeasing Hitler.