Having a constructive work environment can be beneficial for both your personal and professional life because you spend more time at your work than at your home. Therefore, what happens at work is going to trickle into your personal life.
Your workplace can become a torture cell if unfortunately, you have an abusive boss who likes to bully. You can know it for sure if you are always frustrated and intimidated at your job. But, find solace in the fact that around 75 percent of workers are bullied at work according to recent studies.
Taking into consideration the frequency of this problem, we have listed down few tips for you to deal with an abusive boss.
1. Do your job effectively:
When you are getting flustered with your boss, his toxic presence can easily shift your focus from your job to other banalities, which can eventually exacerbate your problem. Therefore, make sure that you do your job to the best of your abilities and do not leave out any room for his negative commentary.
2. Ignore him:
Even doing your job effectively may not shield you from getting bullied if your body language does not send out a cold vibe. Avoid eye contact and make sure by the body language that you are unbothered by his presence. Bullies size up their potential victims effectively, therefore, you have to build your inner strength because pretending to be strong may not be enough.
3. Understand the mindset:
At its core, a bully is an insecure person who thinks that no aspect of his personality is impressive enough; therefore, he uses his power to intimidate and manipulate others. He will always look to set impossible deadlines and will deny the previously given directions so that he can bully you.
It will be a good idea to take notes and record the conversations with your boss so that you can use them as pieces of evidence if the situation gets worse.
4. Set Verbal Limits
If your boss is talking in an unreasonable tone and volume, do not retort the same way because it can aggravate the situation. Instead, keep yourself calm because it has been reported that words tend to lose their effect with the increase in decibels. Tell him that since he is not able to communicate reasonably, you will talk to someone above him.
5. Build Your Network:
Try to build a network of victims being bullied by your boss and also encourage them to document their conversations so that you can build a strong case for his termination.
6. Take your case to the Human Resource department:
Gather all the evidence collected by you and your colleagues and report him to the human resource department who will decide his future of his employment. Excessive verbal abuse can cross over to personal injury because it can have a severe impact on your mental health.
In a nutshell, do not feel helpless if you have to deal with a toxic boss because there is a lot you can still do to salvage your peace of mind.