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    Key Books

    The Bully at Work: What You Can Do to Stop the Hurt and Reclaim Your Dignity on the Job

    How to Survive and Get Ahead When Your Boss is A Tyrant, Control Freak, or Just Plain Nuts!

    You Don't Have to Take It!: A Woman's Guide to Confronting Emotional Abuse at Work

    When the Boss is a Bully

    "They verbally abuse you, humiliate you in front of others. Maybe it's because power hovers in the air, but offices tend to bring out the bully in people. We offer strategies for handling such bad bosses."

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    User: paininthe----
    Date: 6/11/2008 1:09:00 PM

    I have a boss that when she does not like out. Every little thing you do she watches and if you make a mistake she is right there to tell you. She has her favorites and they go and tattle to her all the time. I am the asst. manager and she treats me like a piece of ____ (fill in the blank). I have been at this place for 6 years and she has been there 2 1/2 years. She does not have a clue what she is doing. Just to listen to talk is annoying. She is now trying to dig things up on me...her little tattle tailer goes to complaining about stupid things. Then I get in trouble. She nevers stands behind my desicions with the employee's. So since this tattle tail doesn't like some way I would like something done...I have to change it. I have gone to my bosses boss but he has not done anything. So then I went higher and so far will be HR.

    User: anonymous
    Date: 7/13/2008 8:13:00 AM

    I am in the same boat as paininthe--My male boss is a micromanaging bully who refuses to acknowledge that the younger boys ( I am a 52 year old female) slack off and do precious little while I do the grunt work 45 hours a week. The last time we had a disagreement, he screamed at me and pounded his fist into his hand. I am waiting for his boss to get back from vacation and am considering going to the top CEO and retaining a labor lawyer if necessary. If I did this to a fellow employee I would be reprimanded or worse. There are more like me who have suffered from his behavior, but we need our jobs.

    User: anonymous
    Date: 11/19/2008 9:33:00 AM

    I have a female boss that does not like me. She is very controlling. It upsets her to the point that she moves me away from others because I have a good relationship with them. As well, when ever she is talking to another co-worker and I walk in the room, she will stop talking and walk out. I have gone HR regarding her attitude and behavior towards me. They talked with her and she has gotten better but still harbors bad feelings and still ignors me. I am trying to overcome it but sometimes it is very hard.

    User: anonymous
    Date: 1/13/2009 1:59:00 PM

    I have had a bully boss who did nothing but scream at people he is TV Engineer and bullies a lot of people. I was told the Company had an open door policy. Translation it was open as long as you did not try to open it. I went to my bosses boss and explained what he was doing and making everybody feel terrible. Several days later the machines kept breaking down on me and I know he did something to them because he was always fixing things and then they would work. Needless to say I lost my job because of him. DR

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