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How to deal with an abusive boss at work

Abusive Manager

When you think of an abusive manager, you probably think of a tyrant – someone who screams and intimidates. Or you think of someone who uses their position as a weapon, coercing underlings for favors that, in the worst cases, are sexual in nature. Not every bullying boss gets physical with subordinates. In some cases, they abuse employees through:

  • Insults in front of their coworkers
  • Accusations of incompetence
  • False blame for mistakes
  • Denial of credit
  • Lies
  • Threats that their job is in danger

In some cases, the manager may be frustrated with poor workers or feel endangered by top performers. They may have difficulty managing their own emotions. They may never have been properly trained. Regardless, creating a hostile work environment makes everyone uncomfortable and is inexcusable.

Tips for handling an abusive manager

Sometimes you can deal with a bad supervisor on your own. You can avoid putting yourself in situations where the manager is likely to lash out, such as when they are obviously stressed. Some bullies back down when challenged, especially if you do not make them look bad in front of others.

Taking your concerns to your company’s human relations department is another option. A good HR manager knows bullies are bad for company morale, bad for business and will attempt to address the situation. Prepare your case before making a complaint. Line up witnesses and details, including dates, names and exactly what happened. A poor HR manager, though, may see the bad manager as a fellow supervisor and side with them against the rank-and-file.

Too often, employees feel they do not have any good options. A survey by the Workplace Bullying Institute found 96 percent of workers did not get satisfaction from either trying to work directly with their manager or going through the company’s HR department.

An advocate to help defend your rights

You deserve to work in an environment that is free from abuse. In addition to making your job more difficult, you might take the stress home with you, where it negatively impacts your family relationships. If you try to resolve the issue alone, you may end up with a target on your back. Your boss could retaliate or spread the word that you are a troublemaker. You may feel like your livelihood is on the line only because you want to be treated with respect.

The workplace harassment lawyers at Klie Law Offices have been protecting the rights of abused workers just like you in West Virginia for 15 years. They will analyze your case and pursue the best course of action, whether it is negotiating a solution or filing a lawsuit. The end goal is the same – securing justice and fair compensation for you and your family. Contact us today for a free case consultation.

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