Maintain Civility at Work and Avoid Bullying From Within

by Nov 11, 2015

A recent study concerning workplace bullying prevention provides some interesting findings on how do employees behave towards an abusive boss. Accordingly, employees who chose to avoid or ignore the threatening boss makes things work out between the employee and the boss.

The study’s hypothesis stated that showing acts of kindness and empathy towards a boss may possibly lessen their bullying or abusive tendencies. According to the intelligent prediction, acts of kindness or acts of civility at work might diminish abuse.

Surprisingly, the researchers found out that their predictions did not appear in their study for it yielded a different result. Findings tell that there is no showing of an impact of acts of kindness towards an abusive boss. On the contrary, they found out that the ones who managed to disengage themselves from the emotional collision caused by interactions with the boss are the ones who showed positive findings. Hence, if something is to be changed, it would be one’s ability to control and manage one’s emotions, rather than those who chose to change their attitudes towards the boss. Such result might pave way to a need for an empowering workplace bullying training course.

To conclude, the study shows that one can free oneself from the emotional sabotage brought by an abusive boss by reframing one’s mindset on how he objectively sees his boss’ interaction with him and with others. Self-examination might be a good way to start by asking one’s self if he had been one of the reasons why the boss’ temper is fueling up. A workplace bullying raining course may also be a good complement to achieve emotional freedom.

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About Catherine Mattice

Catherine Mattice, MA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP is President of consulting and training firm, Civility Partners, and has been successfully providing programs in workplace bullying and building positive workplaces since 2007. Her clients include Fortune 500’s, the military, several universities and hospitals, government agencies, small businesses and nonprofits. She has published in a variety of trade magazines and has appeared several times on NPR, FOX, NBC, and ABC as an expert, as well as in USA Today, Inc Magazine, Huffington Post, Entrepreneur Magazine, and more. Catherine is Past-President of the Association for Talent Development (ATD), San Diego Chapter and teaches at National University. In his book foreword, Ken Blanchard called her book, BACK OFF! Your Kick-Ass Guide to Ending Bullying at Work, “the most comprehensive and valuable handbook on the topic.” She recently released a second book entitled, SEEKING CIVILITY: How Leaders, Managers and HR Can Create a Workplace Free of Bullying.

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