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Monday, December 16, 2013

Bullying In The Workplace

Bullying in the workplace is no laughing matter and it's growing at an alarming rate. The emotional toll is costly to the person being bullied and ultimately costly to the business. More than 40% of people in the workplace have witnessed or have experienced being bullied.  72% of bullies in the workplace are bosses. 

 It is important to be clear of the difference between the tough boss and the bully boss.   After all a boss has the right and responsibility to critique and show concern about work quality. That is his job. While it never feels good to be criticized or reprimanded a tough boss ideally handles the situation professionally and appropriately so that the point is made and the problem is solved.  

The bully boss on the other hand uses a wide range of tactics with the intent to humiliate, embarrass or intimidate. The inappropriate behavior of the bully boss always unravels the targeted person and anyone who witnesses the exchange.  

The most successful approach a business can take is to order a bully boss to Emotional Intelligence based Anger Management. Emotional Intelligence based Anger Management is far more comprehensive than other interventions in changing the bully bosses behavior because it is focused on a wider range of skills that are critical for intra and interpersonal relationships.

For further information please call the Anger Management Institute @ 510.393.0250

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