Bully Bosses? Two Ways Bad Managers Get Mistaken For Bullies

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Tweet Bully Bosses? Two Ways Bad Managers Get Mistaken For Bullies Is your boss out to get you? I hear from quite a few employees who feel as if their boss is “out to get them” either by direct bullying or by not defending them against bullies who target them. And truth be told, sometimes […]

“Once a Bully, Always a Bully?” Clarifying a Workplace Bullying Policy

Once a Bully, Always a Bully

Tweet “Once a Bully, Always a Bully”? Clarifying a Workplace Bullying Policy Recently one county government agency Hennepin County (Minneapolis, Minnesota) decided to develop a policy defining and prohibiting workplace bullying. After much deliberation they settled on the narrow definition as follows: “Workplace bullying is persistent behavior by a person or group that is threatening, […]

Workplace Conflict Coping Strategy: What Happens When you Know You Cannot Escape

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Tweet Workplace Conflict Coping Strategy: What Happens When you Know You Cannot Escape Does a bad economy make workplace bullying and abrasive behaviors worse? Does it increase reporting of workplace conflicts by employees? According to some union reps in Australia, the answer is yes. They attribute their point of view to not only the increase […]

Empathy as a Tool for Dealing with a Person Who is Causing you Conflict

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Tweet Empathy as a Tool for Dealing with a Person Who is Causing you Conflict Have you ever used empathy at work with a person who was abrasive or abusive to help resolve the situation? If so you are not alone. In this Wall Street Journal article, written in 2009 but as timely today as […]

Bully in the Office? Not so Fast – it May be Abrasive Behavior

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Tweet Bully in the Office? Not so Fast – it May be Abrasive Behavior Tell me if this sounds familiar…. Have you ever worked with someone who always seems to be “prickly”? Perhaps someone that technically plays by the rules, but while doing so is irritating to you and others and unnecessarily rude or “snippy”? […]