Studies show that nearly 80% of managers acknowledge that
bullying occurs in their organizations. Moreover 71% of bullies are
actually in positions of authority. If you have aggressive tendencies,
or if you have managers that need some coaching in this area, consider
using these strategies:
Be Firm, but Fair
Don’t intimidate or put someone down just to make your point. Take a
deep breath and refrain from shouting when you feel your temperature
rising. Throwing tantrums will automatically label you as a bully.
Communicate, communicate, communicate!
No matter how busy you are, find some time to sit down and talk with
your employees. This will help reduce stress levels and avoid future
conflict. If you have a problem with someone, talk to that person
directly rather than ranting to someone else; undermining an employee
may create a target for others to bully.
Keep the Playing Field Level
Make sure that praise is distributed evenly. To avoid feelings of
exclusion, go out of your way to acknowledge someone who hasn’t received
as much praise as another. Make sure everyone is invited to company
Don't “Mirror” Negative Behaviors
You don’t have the right to mismanage your employees just because
you’ve been poorly managed. Instead, consider how you would like to have
been treated, and become the manager you’ve always wanted to have.
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