2011 January

What Makes A Toxic Workplace?

January 19th, 2011

January 10, 2011, 8:54 am

Jane MacKenzie Says:

What is your right if you are being bullied at work and are off on sick leave because of it. you can’t go to the boss she is the one doing the bulling so who do you go to or what can you do. She threatens to ruin my life around town.


January 10, 2011, 10:16 am

workrelationship Says:

Janie, It is very difficult to offer advice without knowing more about your situation. However, you might talk to your human resource rep to see what can be done about the problem. You might also go to your boss’s boss but I would not do this without carefully considering the potential ramifications and getting a second and third opinion from trusted colleagues who know your situation.
January 18, 2011, 12:41 pm
Harriet van Staveren Says:

Hello Janie,

I agree that it is indeed difficult to offer advice without knowing more about your situation. Depending on where you live however, you may find that discussing your matter with local authorities will be helpful. Not only will they inform you of your legal rights, they will be able to refer you to other organizations or groups for help and/or support.

As a self help, I recommend the book, Toxic People, by Lillian Glass. Dr. Glass not only helps people identify the toxic people in their lives, but also provides techniques for successfully dealing with them.

I have worked as an HR Consultant and Business Coach for 20+ years; my experience is that bullies cloak themselves very well and are unfortunately, difficult to “catch in the act.”

Having said this, I must also add however, that unless victims are able to examine their own reactions to the bullying, they may not be able to ACCURATELY identify the inappropriate behaviors inflicted on them… and as you know, without being able to identify the behavior (exactly), you hardly stand a chance of being heard.

To that end, educate yourself, and seek help outside your workplace. Sad to say, if that doesn’t work, you may have to change jobs.

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