An astounding 72% of employees have reported to feeling ‘threatened’ in their workplace. While your boss is your superior, it does not give them the right to strong-arm you in any way. Intimidation from your boss makes work difficult, creates constant tension in the workplace and undermines everyone’s professionalism.
The following are ways in which you can cope with intimidation from your boss and perhaps foster a mutual level of respect and consideration for each other.
Keep Your Distance
Although you cannot completely avoid your supervisor, you can minimize the amount of contact you have with him or her. Only discuss matters with them when necessary and do this preferably in the presence of fellow workmates, therefore, minimizing the chances of being subjected to humiliation. You could also choose other modes of communication with your boss such as office emails, memos, and telephone calls. Similarly, avoid being confrontational with your boss as it may work against you.
Talk to your Boss about it
Even if your boss makes you feel uneasy, letting them know about their behavior towards you may open up the both of you towards understanding each other. Look for an opportune moment to address the matter. Preferably, make an appointment when there is no pressure for work and break the issue gently and sensitively. Dialogue is a good foundation through which you can establish a good working relationship with your boss.
Keep Working at Your Optimum Level
If you do your job well, your boss will have no reason to threaten you or complain about the quality of your work. Optimum performance might make working with your boss easier, even enjoyable. Furthermore, your boss accords you with a good level of respect. Perhaps, you’ll even get on their good side and gain work-related benefits!
Document Incidents of Intimidation
Remember that you have channels through which you can address issues concerning your boss’s behavior towards you. In order to do this, ensure that you keep a record of any incidents of harassment, intimidation or bullying so that in the event that you want to take the matter up with the Human Resources department, you have comprehensive evidence to support your claim.
Grow a Thick Skin
Your boss may be relentless in their habit of intimidation and channels to resolve the matter may fail. Nevertheless, it is important that you are headstrong. Ensure that you don’t let your boss’s negative actions or words keep you from being confident in your abilities to perform at work. Keep showing up for work every day and look for opportunities that constantly develop your skills and abilities in the workplace.
Keep in mind that before you take matters of intimidation from your boss further, you should consult with colleagues about their experiences. You may find that they are having a similar experience and you can form a support group that enables all of you to deal with the matter. At all times, interactions between employers and employees should be carried out respectfully and adeptly.