If you have a bullying boss, there are several things that you can do to protect yourself from their terrible managerial style:
- Be Sure To Document: It’s important that you document all meetings, phone calls and emails that way if your boss asks you to do one thing and then tries to tell you to do something completely different, you have written proof to support yourself.
- Don’t Fight Fire With Fire: If your bullying boss tries to bait you, remain calm, and don’t react. Don’t act in a demeaning way just because your boss is being terrible to you. They are trying to get you to do something that they can then use to get you fired, so as much as you may want to punch your boss in the fact, take a deep breath and find another way to take your frustration out. As mentioned above, if your boss does something that ‘s demeaning or ask you to do something illegal, make sure to document it so that you can use it as evidence for later on.
- Be Alert: Watch to see if your manager is targeting just you or others. If they are targeting others, try to determine if there’s a commonality in the people that the manager is picking to harass. If you’re being bullied due to race, gender, religion, age, disability then the manager is breaking the law and you have reason to get them booted from the company.
If there’s no commonality among the group being picked on, then at least see if you can rally your coworkers to get them to file a complaint against the boss. You don’t have to worry about retaliation against having these discussions as the National Labor Relations Act protects most non-government employees.
On the other hand, if you’re the only one that’s being bullied, then you need to try and figure out what the reason is. Is it something personal? Are you doing a sub-par job? Do you work closer to the manager than others? Determining the reason that you’re the only one that the boss is being difficult to will allow you to figure out what recourse you have.
- Quit: If you can’t do anything about your bullying manager, then you should leave, but before you do, try and stick it out until you find another job. While it may seem like a fantastic idea when you’re in the moment to just leave, you may find it difficult to find a job, especially since your direct boss most likely own’t be giving you any type of glowing review.
In addition, don’t burn any bridges by not taking the proper steps of giving warning to your company. Even if your direct boss is horrible, you never know who you’ll run into from the company in the future nor do you know if you’ll ever need something from your former company.
With the proper preparation, it’s possible to deal with a bullying boss and even come out on top of a difficult situation.