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February 18, 2008

Surveys- Is your boss a bully?

Hello Readers,

I recently read an article about bullies in the workplace which reported that 1 in 6 people surveyed had been bullied by someone at work. While some countries have laws protecting employees against verbal or physical abuse, few people who get stuck in such a situation know what to do.

According to the following website http://www.bullyingbusiness.com/html/tell_tale_signs.html, these are the tell-tale signs of a bully:

Shouting and Swearing
Instantaneous rages over trivial matters
Punishments dispensed out of the blue
Ignoring other people's ...

... points of view
Personal insults and name-calling
Persistent criticism
Persistently setting unrealistic deadlines
Spreading malicious rumours
Constantly moving goal posts and withholding information
Ostracising, Ignoring, excluding and freezing people out
Making threats
Removing responsibility
Allocating menial tasks

To take this month's survey, go to: http://www.esl-jobs-forum.com/viewtopic.php?p=7216#7216.

The question is:

If your boss bullied/harrassed you, would you:
make a formal complaint to HR
carry on working, hoping that it will pass
confide in another coworker
confront your boss
other: (please explain)

What would you do if you were bullied? Answer our poll on the forum over at www.eslemployment.com. If you have been a victim of a bully at work, feel free to share your comments below.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Carol Rueckert
Writer, ESL Lesson Plan
E-mail: crueckert@eslemployment.com
Blog: www.esl-lesson-plan.com

"I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand." - Chinese Proverb

*Looking for other interesting surveys (and their resultes) about the ESL industry? Click HERE!

About the author of this entry:

Carol, a native English-speaker hailing from the small town of St. Joseph in Minnesota, USA, worked in China for more than 7 years. During that time, she worked at universities, private language schools, grade schools, international schools, and did private tutoring as well. Besides teaching, she also worked as a Head teacher, an Education Manager, and a Material Development Manager. In addition to working on this newsletter, she also writes a monthly column for Time Out Beijing, authors ESL textbooks for publishing houses in China, and is an Editor for Garnet Publishing in Reading, England. Carol holds a BA in Communications from the College of St. Benedict/ St. John's University, and a CELTA, and has just finished her MA TESOL course at Oxford Brookes University. Look for her posts on the ESL-Jobs-Forum discussion boards!

Posted by crueckert at February 18, 2008 07:59 AM

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