How to cope with an intimidating boss

Your boss may not be consciously aware of the toxic environment being created.

Confronting signs of intimidation can be a risky but effective strategy.

In Australia, workplace health and safety legislation effectively holds employers responsible for ensuring the emotional, psychological and physical wellbeing of employees.

Mental stress claims lodged by affected employees against their employer increased by 25% from 2001 to 2011.

Working for a boss who resents you for excelling at your job is a crazy-making experience.

If you feel stuck in this predicament, you are not alone.

Organisations that choose to ignore toxic leadership behaviours are likely to incur increased stress claims and litigation costs. First, it is necessary to understand whether the offending leader is well intentioned, but unaware of their dysfunctional behaviours.

If so, one strategy is to outline the specific behaviours that are causing distress to the leader in question, to let them know the impact of their behaviour through performance management processes.

Look for ways of connecting with your boss on a human level around shared outside interests.

Example: If your boss is angry and downright mean, you face a more serious problem.

Your co-workers may have encountered similar problems in working with the boss.

Refrain from behavior that fuels your boss’s disapproval, such as name dropping, bragging, rolling your eyes or yawning throughout staff meetings.

The most common toxic behaviours exhibited by managers include: Negative consequences for wellbeing reported by participants in the study included: Psychological Anxiety, depression, burnout, cynicism, helplessness, social isolation, loss of confidence, feeling undervalued.

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