Unstable Manager

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about bully boss: Although she appears to be shy and retiring, when you suffer at her hands she will be abusive and swear at you.

We have a manager who has argued with and bullied every member of staff. Although she appears to be shy and retiring, when you suffer at her hands she will be abusive and swear at you. How do you deal with this?

Signed, Don’t Like It

Dear┬áDon’t Like It:

You should not like being sworn at and bullied. Actually, however, a boss arguing with a subordinate is not bad in itself if the tone of that argument allows for give and take on how something should be done. Arguing can belittle others’ opinion or can result in clarification and reconsideration. You don’t report if and how you or other members of your staff have responded to your manager’s swearing or bullying.

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