Monthly Archives: August 2009

How to Stop a Bully Boss

Executive coach and author Peggy Klaus lists 8 helpful tips for stopping a bully boss:

1. Identify the workplace jerk.  Not all demanding managers behave like bullies.
2. Don’t report a bully boss to their supervisor.  Most managers are aware of the abusive behavior of their subordinates, and Klas explains that this is usually the quickest way to get yourself fired.
3. Confront your bully boss, in a calm and professional manner, as soon as you recognize a pattern of hostility.  Explain that you will not tolerate abusive behavior. 

Click here to read more about the other five strategies for dealing with a bully boss.

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Workplace Bullying and Depression: A Victim’s Story

The St. Petersburg Times recently reported about a workplace bullying victim who suffered major depression and gained 90 pounds in two years as a result of being harassed and abused by a coworker on an ongoing basis.

Jane Soderstrom, a registered nurse who worked at BayCare, went on on medical leave on March 30 after the constant bullying caused her to suffer anxiety disorder, a major depression episode, insomnia, headaches, shakes, and dizziness.

After she finally decided that HR was unable or unwilling to help her, Soderstrom filed a complaint with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and her bully was demoted.

Click here to read the entire article.

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Workplace Bullying More Common Among Women?

A recent segment by MyFOX ATLANTA reports that 40% of workplace bullies are women, and that women bullies target other women about 70% of the time.  One woman who was interviewed by FOX commented that women “look at other women as a threat rather than as someone who can help them succeed.”

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Bad Boss Survival Tips

We’ve all heard stories about the nightmare of working for a bad boss. Some of us have even had the unique displeasure of doing so ourselves.

The Monster.com blog offers tips on dealing with a toxic boss, which should come in handy for people who have been unfairly blamed for things they didn’t do or who are asked to do inappropriate or unethical tasks.

Click here to read the entire article.

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Allegations of Racial Discrimination at Caesars Palace

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a discrimination lawsuit against The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace on behalf of five Hispanic janitors who were allegedly subjected to harassment and a hostile work environment by their supervisor because of their Hispanic background.

The Las Vegas Director of the EEOC has called this one of the worst cases of workplace discrimination to ever cross her desk.

Click here to read the entire article.

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Top 10 Bad Boss Warning Signs

Many people have had the unfortunate experience of working for a bad boss.  Besides job search resources like eBossWatch, there are clues that job seekers can learn to pick up on to help spot the toxic bosses before it’s too late.

The Monster.com blog has put together 10 warning signs of a toxic boss. The list includes signs such as disrespectful behavior and defensive body language.  Ignore these signs during the job interview, and you might find yourself in a hostile work environment

Click here for all ten toxic boss warning signs.

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Study shows many executives don’t trust their boss

A recent study conducted by The Korn/Ferry Institute reveals that 31 percent of executives do not trust their boss, while 36 percent do not trust their CEO. 

This lack of support for their bosses seeems to be contributing to an alarmingly low level of morale among executives in the workplace.  The study found that 47 percent of employed executives are either somewhat or very dissatisfied with their current position.

Click here to read Korn/Ferry’s press release about their study.

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