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The Art of IT Management - Practical tools, techniques and people skills by Robina Chatham

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23 MY BOSS IS A BULLY – HOW DO I COPE?

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?

If it is happening to you, you are not alone. Bullying is common within IT; a recent study by IDG Connect revealed that 75 per cent of IT professionals surveyed claimed to have been bullied at work, while 85 per cent said they had seen others bullied. The IT stereotype is characterised as someone who has a high intellect, but is lacking in people skills or emotional intelligence (see Chapter 25 for more on emotional intelligence, or EQ for short); both bullies and victims are lacking in EQ.

If you feel bullied then this is an issue and you should not let others belittle or make light of your feelings. However, you also need to look at the situation from your boss’s perspective and ...

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