How To Deal With A Boss Who Is A Bully

By: Bill Waters
Staff Writer
Published: Oct 24, 2021

How To Deal With A Boss Who Is A Bully - It's a problem that too many companies can no longer afford.

How to deal with a boss who is a bully. A bully boss can verbally abuse or humiliate you in front of others, so how do you deal with it? Offices and job titles bring out the bully in people, especially a boss, but there are ways to deal with people who are bad at the workplace.

The best way to deal with it, is to learn why they do it in the first place. There's the boss who asks for your input of a problem and then proceeds to denigrate you and your opinion in front of the whole staff. "It's a demonstration of power. It's demeaning," Harry Levinson, Ph.D., the dean of organizational psychologists and head of the Levinson Institute in Waltham, Massachusetts, said in a statement. "I haven't studied office bullying systematically," he says.

The bullies are often successful and are very bright workers. And therein lies the problem. They make a significant contribution to the company as workers. Then they wind up supervising others, and spew on people in support functions, on competitors, perhaps even their own bosses.

It's getting too costly much sooner in most companies. Stybel cites the example of a large New England hospital where the bully is a brilliant physician who has been the director of radiology for 11 years. The bullying was an issue over the years -- but recently the hospital took notice to what people were saying during the exit interviews of departing technical staff.

Why did the hospital decide to do something only now? The administrator told Stybel: "We can't tolerate the high turnover anymore. It's too costly in the face of managed care."

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