What to Do if Your Boss Is a Bully: Are You Ready to Fight?

Life can be so unpredictable. There are those with jobs who are constantly complaining because they can't get on with workmates. There are the others who are depressed because they can’t find a job. At times, it can be very difficult to find a good job and when you find one you will likely do all you can to keep it. This is even more important when you have got bills and a family to take care of. That said, your health is more important than the money you earn but most people only find out when it is too late. There are those who have been so stressed by their job that they end up needing psychiatric help. What to do if your boss is a bully? Your immediate reaction will be to file a complaint to senior management. Before you do that, you need to make sure you understand what are the risk and advantages of filing an official complaint. That is because it can cost you your job.

The fact that you feel that your boss is a bully doesn't mean he is. He might just be very assertive and might come across a little forceful. You also need to understand why you feel he's bullying you. Are you too sensitive and can't handle reproach? This is a very important thing to bear in mind. What if you are the only one who's being bullied? If you're the only one, the issue might have something to do with personality clashes. How good are you at your job? That is another issue that needs to be considered as it might contribute to tension between you and your boss.

There are times when the best way to deal with a situation when you feel that your boss is a bully is to resign and leave the situation behind you. You might feel that you don't deserve to go and your boss should be fired. It is not always easy to fire your boss if you're alone dealing with the condition. If you do decide that you want to confront your boss, you need to be very careful how you approach the situation. If you go into the conversation emotionally, you might end up saying things you will later regret. If you go to talk to your boss about his bullying, you need to come with hard facts and not just your imagination. You need to state that you don’t appreciate the way he treats you and give examples. You are not there to beg him or her to change but to state the fact that his or her reaction is not acceptable. This can work or can go against you.

What to do if your boss is a bully and you have tried all the above to no avail? If you have an HR department, you can go over and have a chat with them. Don't go there thinking that they will do the running around for you. You need to state the situation clearly and be willing to defend and repeat the same accusations in front of your boss. The good thing about going to your HR department is that they might already have had complaints about the same person. Lodging a formal complaint in this way can help you reduce the effects of your boss behavior. It can also help you get another job in another department. It can also make your situation worse.

The fact that you are being wronged by your boss doesn't mean you will win. Managing this situation in a very professional manner as stated above can help reduce the stress you feel and make you wiser in dealing with future situations. In everything you do, make sure you take note of encounter with dates, time and people who have been involved. This will be very important in case you lose your job for wrongful dismissal and you want to take legal action for compensation.