Is A Supervisor’s Angry Rant Verbal Abuse?

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about trainer’s dismay over class:

A supervisor/instructor voiced extreme anger about his employer with comments of “I don’t want to teach the class and I feel like walking out.” Later he made the remark that he “didn’t think anyone in class would pass the test.”Does that constitute verbal abuse?

Signed, Wondering

Dear Wondering:

No, this does seem to rise to the level of verbal abuse. The supervisor sounds as though he was angry and didn’t have a lot of confidence in either his teaching, the training situation, or the ability of the students to learn. But apparently he did not threaten anyone or call them derogatory names.This is the type of situation that seems to reflect poorly on the supervisor’s good judgement, and you may want to let someone in authority know about it. The supervisor might very well get in trouble for unprofessionalism.

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