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How to Handle a Bully Boss

If you’ve ever been bullied by a boss, you know the dreaded pit in the stomach feeling. After all, they’re an authority figure and it may not seem so easy to stand your ground. You should feel empowered though knowing you don’t have to put up with it!

According to a piece in today’s New York Post, there are a few ways to handle the situation.

For starters, columnist and human resources executive Gregory Giangrande explains, “First, you want to make sure your new boss really is a bully. Some people confuse bullying with hard-driving, high-performing execs who have little tolerance or patience for poor performance.”

In particular, if you’re new to the department, he suggests taking some time to “cultivate the relationship you want, and see how your new boss responds.”

What if that doesn’t work? Go to Plan B and take a direct approach. As for Plan C, you may feel like you’re being cornered and have no way out other than looking for a new job. Just think, the sooner you get out of an unhealthy environment the sooner you’ll be able to enter a healthier one.

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