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Workplace Bullying: What Can You Do? Part 1

John Rossheim | Monster Senior Contributing Writer

October 14, 2009


It’s hard to pinpoint how it started. Maybe it was when you saw your manager’s assistant noting those rare occasions when you came in 10 minutes late. Or maybe it was the time the boss half-jokingly trashed your performance — in front of her higher-up.

There now seems no end to your tormentor’s campaign of psychological harassment and personal and professional destruction — aimed squarely at you. The nitpicking, the demeaning comments, the misleading digs and full-blown lies have all come together to exact their intended effect: to make you quit or get fired.

This is the ugly picture of bullying in the American workplace, painted by workers who describe themselves as targets and by the professionals who advocate for them. “My supervisor would take my case files to inspect them, and then write me up at the end of the day because the files weren’t complete,” says a former employee of a California social-service nonprofit. “He undermined me all around, which is not what a good supervisor does.”

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