CHAPTER THIRTY

Dealing with a Bully Boss

Remember the playground bully who made you hate recess? Unfortunately, bullies grow up and make their way into the workplace. In many companies, people who love their jobs and are productive contributors dread going to work. Their medicine cabinets are full of antacids and sleep aids. Even highly skilled professionals start to doubt their abilities. If this description sounds all too familiar, you may be suffering at the hands of a bully boss.

BULLY OR DEMANDING MANAGER?

What sets a bully boss apart from the manager who is simply tough and demanding—or perhaps just a grump? The big difference is that bullies make it personal.

You can recognize a bully boss by these behaviors:

Abuses you verbally and nonverbally ...

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