Fri, January 6th, 2012 - 5:25 am - By Gordon Basichis
I am old school. I believe in dealing with bullies in general, the best solution is to kick their butts so they realize it is best not to bully people. Over the years, despite all rhetoric to the contrary, in general that seems to get the job done.
However, not everyone can fight a bully on the bully’s own terms. Especially in terms of the workplace. You can’t go scuffling out in the parking lot. It may be entertaining for a moment, but it does tend to freak people out. Plus there are the liability concerns. So even if the entire office staff gangs up on the bully, while it may be justified, and it may get you a whole lot of satisfaction, it is just not done so much in this modern age of ours.
According to an article on WEAU.com, there are tips on dealing with workplace bullies. As workplace bullies can be deleterious to your business, rapid dispatch is highly recommended. I have written about workplace bullies before. One such article was Background Checks May Weed Out Bullies in the Workplace. I have been interviewed about workplace violence and the bullies that go with it. Still, a bully is of a certain makeup, and dealing with it takes more than mere advice.
According to the article, this is something to think about…”If you’re in a workplace culture where bullying or negative behavior is just how they operate, it’s very difficult to change that and at that point it’s like do you want to stay here and try and fight a battle you probably won’t put a dent in or do you just want to leave the organization,” she says. ’”Marshall says a shocking 70 percent of bullies are bosses, and that’s what makes reporting bullying such a tough issue for victims.”
Bullying bosses are tough to deal with. Bully bosses can be also known as jerks. There are few other terms I would apply to define them, but civil decorum prevents me from doing so. However, for those employers who are concerned about workplace bullying, I refer you to the Workplace Bullying Institute where you may find tips on how best to deal with the bullies in your office.