HOW TO HANDLE A BULLY BOSS
Bullying is still a problem being ignored in too many workplaces, says Melanie Burgess
MANY workers have experienced a bad boss and the worst kind is a bully. They can turn a job that was once fulfilling and enjoyable into one that is hard to get out of bed for.
Leadership expert Mike Irving of Advanced Business Abilities says bully bosses are most common in financial, resources and sales industries.
“Too many workplaces are run by aggressive dictators aiming to get the best from their staff through fear and control when in reality they could get more if they did the exact opposite,” Irving says. “Despite anti-bullying laws and a heightened awareness that it exists it is still a problem being swept under the carpet in too many offices.”
GoldMind general manager Melissa Armstrong agrees bully bosses are an issue but says a worker must first be able to identify if their boss genuinely fits the description.
“There is a difference between a bully boss, a bad boss and a tough boss,” she says. “Sometimes tough bosses aren’t bad, it might just be their style and they still have your best interests at heart. They might push you out of your comfort zone so you grow.
“A bad boss might come in late and not offer support.
“A bully boss might use verbal abuse or offensive behaviour or intimidate and humiliate workers in front of people.”
Karen Gately, people management specialist and co-founder of Ryan Gately, says bullying is defined by repeated unreasonable behaviour that creates risk to health and safety.
She says a worker in that situation has two options: stand up for themself or leave.
“The problem isn’t going to go away on its own,” she says.
“Choose to influence positive change or to leave and join an organisation that understands how to have fun while maintaining respectful standards.”
POSITIVE: Melissa Armstrong of GoldMind says there is a difference between a bad boss, a tough boss and a bully boss.