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Dealing with a bullying boss is something that is not new in many professions. The stress from working beneath someone who is constantly harassing or judging you can cause emotional and physical effects. You may find that it affects your personal life and leaves you in a constant state of worry or depression. The best plan to combat a bullying boss is by creating a strategic outline of the situation and locating the right person to whom to report the behavior.
Determine how your boss is bullying you and whether it is abuse. Decide whether he is harassing you, acting out in violence around you, or causing you emotional abuse by constant personal and hurtful criticism.
Write down each incident that occurs including the date, time and location. Note the co-workers around you who witnessed the way your boss was acting. Note each time your boss is out of line with other employees around you as well.
Make an appointment with a psychologist outside of the company. Begin speaking with the psychologist concerning the bullying and how it emotionally affects you.
Visit a health care professional if you feel you are experiencing physical effects that may be related to stress. Keep track of each appointment and hold on to your receipts each time you pay a doctor's bill.
Contact someone who is higher than your boss in the company. You can usually find this information in the company’s directory or by visiting his office if it is in the same building. Attempt to go above the human resources department if possible.
Make an official complaint against your boss, using the incident reports and doctors' bills. Explain that working for your boss is emotionally or physically harming you due to the abuse. Leave a note containing the witnesses of the incident if your co-workers allow you to do so.
Expect to have an official interview during the investigation concerning the bullying incidents. Wait a week or two for the person you spoke with to contact you. Follow up with him if you do not hear anything after two full weeks.
Consider transferring departments or looking for new employment if the issue is not resolved from higher up in the company. If the company does not find any active bullying, it does not mean you are wrong. Your boss may simply hide it well when his bosses are watching.
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