Balancing act: Fight workplace bullying with better communication skills

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  • JMH27 Lehi, UT
    Aug. 13, 2014 10:02 p.m.

    Bullying bosses are bad for business and people.
    I might not have believed bullies existed in the workplace, until at the end of my career, I worked for a bully. Power was her drug. Even when she didn’t have any direct reports (but me), she wanted me to be the office snitch because I was the "hub" of office communications. When she was there, she never came out of the office. When she was in her office, everyone walked around on eggshells. I volunteered to help with a project. At the end, I realized I had the responsibility, but no authority and no advance notice on a critical piece of accounting requirement. She hovered and the only way to do things was her way. HR was not a help even though we had documentation. No one was willing to advocate for us. I advocated for myself and quit. This experience still gives me nightmare. Bullies are real.

  • Dr. Thom Long Beach, CA
    July 12, 2014 10:11 p.m.

    HR departments are powerless and pointless. There primary job is to reduce the legal exposure of the company against potential litigation, therefor thy will simply remove the problem which is the employee bringing the complaint.

  • Dr. Thom Long Beach, CA
    July 12, 2014 8:17 p.m.

    The same rules that apply to bullies in school still work with bullies in the work force. First you have to isolate them from their support system, corner them, engage them, and finally eliminate them from their position of power, influence and authority. And then, invite them to be successful someplace else.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    July 8, 2014 12:51 p.m.

    Couldn't agree more with Fitz. There's a lot of "my boss demanded that I do my work, and if I didn't he threatened to take away my job....that's bullying" going around.

    And this article is complete bunk. If there's true bullying going on, the victim telling the perpetrator "let's sit down and have a dialogue about this" is going to go over about as well as it would for the victim of old-fashioned playground bullying - you're just going to get pounded some more.

  • Fitz Murray, UT
    July 8, 2014 10:24 a.m.

    What really constitutes 'bullying'? Definitions vary. I believe that claiming bullying is exaggerated.