We are aware of the tragedies that can come when children bully each other. Schools are
starting to realize they bear a responsibility to keep all students safe from bullying in school.
But while we all feel for children who feel trapped by a bully, we sometimes forget these bullies grow up. Unfortunately some of them become our bosses or co-workers.
There are workers every day who know they will face abuse by their bosses or co-workers and just like children, many of them feel trapped by their circumstances. Being an adult the obvious solution would be to quit but with the challenging economy and personal financial pressures, many of these workers feel they have no choice but to tolerate these working conditions. /when the bully is their boss then it is even more difficult to escape or feel like you can talk to HR about the treatment they are receiving.
Smart companies are looking at this situation and realizing that letting a bully go unchecked is costing them good employees and also reducing the productivity of the employees they do keep. Studies have shown that yelling at employees doesn’t motivate them or get more work out of them, in fact the employee produces less quality work.
Companies need to listen to employees who do come forward and they need to react in a way that the employee doesn’t feel they will be penalized in their job or lose potential raises and promotions.
Have you ever worked for a bully and how did you handle the situation?
Sandy Miller has been helping clients with marketing and advertising projects for over 15 years. In that time I have seen lots of changes but nothing as exciting as the introduction of social media.