Abuse At Work

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about a boss’s order:

My manager told me to shut my mouth in front of other staff members

Signed, Shutted

Dear Shutted:

Obviously you didn’t and don’t like the way you were told to stop speaking. How did you respond? Have you met with your manager, in private, and expressed you disapproval? Have you allowed this frustration with your manager to smolder? Have you complained about her/him to coworkers, friends and/or family? Will you carry resentment until it one day flames and explodes? From here, it’s impossible to know what prompted this put down; however, the challenge has been made to you; to reflect on what prompted it and what might you do to stop incivility, or better still foster respectful communication within your work group.

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