I have seen office bullies at their best in my day and to be frank with you, I never understood why anyone would even remotely put up with something like that. Yes, I am well aware that many people don't want to loose their job because they have a family to support. But if you get fired (of course because you had to politely point out that you WILL NOT tolerate such behavior), there is unemployment to tie you over or get yourself another job REAL quick and then quit of your own accord. Most of the time, when you do point out to your boss in a very professional manner that their behavior is totally unprofessional, they back off especially if your boss has a superior that YOU can appeal to. If it is a case of the owner being abusive, then you were better off regardless.
There are many levels of bullying and the circumstances vary. If a Supervisor bullies their employees, pay attention if there are other Supervisors and see if they treat their employees that way also, and how similar it is. If most of the Supervisors have similar traits, their bosses may be pressuring them, or it may be coming down from higher management. This would be a tactic approval of their pressure. This is a clue that one needs to be careful about how you respond back. If you complain about "that" Supervisor, and upper management knows results are being demanded, then you may be cast as not being able to cut it and meet the requirements. If so, then it may be time to look for another job. The moment you get emotional or personal, this will be used against you, don't do it. If your work results are down lately or not up to normal standards, that may be a bad time to complain, as that will be a easy justification by the bully who will then say they of course have to and should push you to meet the standards. SBLD
Fear and intimidation aren’t just tactics used to exude athletic prowess, they’re also commonplace in offices, as well.
Thought leader and workplace behavior expert Aubrey Daniels of Aubrey Daniels International warns of a trend of fear and intimidation in the workplace, a result of today’s increasingly competitive corporate culture. Unfortunately these bullies have become part of the office environment, a culmination of dysfunctional management and fear of retaliation.
Workplace bullies have been using fear tactics for a long time, but in light of recent allegations of the Rutgers University basketball coach exercising such behaviors with his players, the topic has come to the forefront of discussion, Daniels said.
He urges company leaders to monitor for and eliminate the use of fear and intimidation in the office environment to help employees and the company flourish.
“Companies have bullies of all kinds,” he said. “They bring in results and thus they’ve been ingrained as a part of the workplace culture. But without change, companies will never see the long-term success they desire.”