Work is a reality for most people and there’s hardly anyone who goes to work out of his/her passion. Some of us are bound to pay monthly bills while others are trying to afford the luxuries or support their family. In any case, we can’t get our lives together without working. Consequently, we try to compromise various things at work in fear of losing our job – including a bullying boss.
Workplace harassment is one of the most common issues these days. And many people do not raise their voice for fear to get fired. Guess what? This is the main reason why employers abuse employees now and then. And when we’re talking about workplace harassment, it includes abusing, assigning overloaded work, and maltreating employees.
How to Deal with a Bullying Boss?
Having a bullying boss can make your working environment a living hell – even if you aren’t the one being targeted. If you’ve been suppressing your emotions in fear to get fired, you’re doing it all wrong. Instead, you should be the one to expose employers, managers, supervisors, or any senior who maltreats employees for no big reason.
In this regard, here are 4 tips to take care of employers, managers, or supervisors who maltreat employees:
1. Look at the Company’s Resources - The question is, who you’re going to report to if your employer is abusing you? Well, check if your company has an Equal Employment Opportunity Officer to file a complaint against the responsible party. Note that you can also file a complaint to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in the U.S.
2. Report It - Make sure not to stay quiet for long. Report every bit of harassment as soon as possible. The responsible parties aren’t legally responsible if they don’t even know about it. Contact someone in human resources, the person responsible for workplace harassment at your company, or your supervisor about the whole situation. Make sure to find out if there’s a policy for maltreated employees to expose employers, supervisors, or managers.
3. Collaborate with Co-Workers - If you’ve been a victim of overloaded work or any kind of workplace bullying, there are greater chances that there are others like you too. Investigate which employees are in contact with the bully and talk to them. If you can do it safely, talk to people who have witnessed your boss bullying you. Collaborating with co-workers and exposing your boss is recommended if your complaints were answered adequately.
4. Write Everything Down - Here comes the best part. After every unusual act, write down every detail associated with it. From date/time to place to possible witnesses, make sure to write down anything to everything. Also, write if you reported the issue to your supervisor or authorities responsible for workplace harassment. Keep this record safe at home so you can use it against the bully employer in court or front of human resources.