Brutal Bosses and Their Prey: How to Identify and Overcome Abuse in the Workplace
Reviewer/Reader Feedback: "The whole idea of taking back control of your professional life is explored in this short (149 pages) book. It has anecdotal feel to it and a list of types of abusive personalities as well as a questionnaire. Reads fast. Check out the extensive Bibliography. Can see how this type of book could be helpful to some of our clients in trying to identify their sense of betrayal after a poor match in their careers."
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Date: 6/4/2004 10:40:00 PM
Do we have any laws in the US on Bullying and Harassment at work. The UK seems to have good ones. Maybe I should send my boss there!
Date: 9/28/2005 9:51:00 AM
The general mangaer of the company I am employeed is extremly controlling. He has taken upon himself to make the decision of who gets promoted and hired in most of the departments of the organization. I have been with the company for 3 years stuck in a dead end job. I have also recently obtained my bachelors degree in business. I also trained the new girl who was just recently promoted and sent to Europe for training. Oh yeah, she does not have a degree. The General manager wanted her in the new position because she is tall thin and blonde. She is a hard worker, but he is causing bad feeling among workers who do good work and are not being promoted. Any Opinions on how to deal with this anger I have.
Date: 5/31/2006 9:53:00 AM
I have a boss who despises African Americans. He treats all of the non-black men with the utmost respect and has been grooming them for the promotional positions. As a black woman, I have been screwed over and over again, and get no help in obtaining promotions. When I brought this to his attention, he challenged my psychological state.
He's a complete idiot!
Date: 1/16/2007 6:29:00 PM
I was taken advantage of at the age of 17 by so called 'professionals'. I worked 6 months without pay, and was never hired, they hired all their friends and hang out buddies. all i got was verbal abuse and physcial ones.
Date: 9/3/2007 5:07:00 PM
i work for a psychotic boss: no likes him, but upper management does not know how to deal with this poor soul. Really feel so sorry for this person, but he is so set in his ways.
Date: 12/4/2007 10:21:00 PM
i work with all women who believe it or not are working with abused women. The clients are wonderful. The staff is controlling, abusive and just plain mean. Many quit because they just can't take it. People think the turn-around in staff is because of kind of work we do. WRONG, it's the abuse from the other staff. Has anyone else experience this type of workplace?
Date: 7/28/2008 4:01:00 PM
I've been encountering some difficulties with trying to understand my boss at work, who thinks that part of his job as a director is to dicipline workers by making them feel less than. The fact is that i don't work for him, i work for the agency. My boss, likes to make people feel like they have to be in his dominium, because he's the director. I don't appreciate his approach in how he correct mistakes, and makes people feel intimidated and or oppressed.
Date: 9/29/2008 9:16:00 PM
Last year, I was terminated by my employer after I produced a series of documented reports claiming instances of verbal harassment by my immediate supervisor. I did not realize it at the time, but after doing my research, it became evident to me that he exhibited all the symptoms of workplace bullying. People who bully in the workplace always bully out of the need to exercise control. They simply cannot acknowledge dissenting points of view withouth lashing out in anger. There is rarely any display of objectivity on their part. In spite of my best efforts to defend my work and reputation, my bosses still managed to deflect the blame back on me. To the credit of my immediate supervisor, he worked very hard to ensure the trust of his supervisors, while constantly degrading those who were below him. It is deeply disburbing to me how these people manage to adopt facades in their public personas in order to cast the appearance of appeasement to those in authority. Very manipulative if you ask me.
Date: 1/27/2009 3:21:00 PM
Unfortunately this is what happens in the majority of cases. Unless you have studied bullying you a at a distinct disadvantage because the bully is experienced and continues to bully because they are usually in a position of power and it seems that the company is protecting them but they are really just protecting themselves because they don't want a bad name.
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