Do you think Donald Trump is a work place bully?

Do you think Donald Trump is a work place bully?Do you think Donald Trump is a bully? Zach Galifianakis, of Hangover II, thinks he is. Zach's comment on Conan was that he felt Donald Trump is “the bully of the world” and that “you don’t want to engage with somebody that’s so grotesque.” Anthony Baxter, who directed the documentary "You've Been Trumped" thinks the real reason Trump will not be running for the Presidency is because of how we will see him bullying people via the documentary coverage.

This particular website makes a compelling case that Donald Trump favors bullying in the work place. Read "Trump's message to America: Bullies are winners. Bullying victims are losers. Plain and simple."

Donald Trump on work ethic.


Work place bullies.
When you think of bullies the first picture that comes to mind may be of the mean kid in grade school. Remember Farkus, the neighborhood bully from the movie A Christmas Story? The kind of terror Farkus inflicted on the school kids is what we generally associate with bullying.

What is workplace bullying?
Work place bullying generally doesn't involve physicality, comes from a supervisor or someone with more authority than you, and has affected 1 in 5 workers. The Leading Edge, published by Purdue University, gave a good definition of workplace bullying: "repeated nonphysical, health-impairing psychological mistreatment that falls outside discriminatory harassment".

Why are some bosses bullies?
Because they can be. They have more power at work then you do. You are not in a strong position to force the bully to stop. Additionally, most bullies are bullies because they feel weak on the inside and need to project strong, ultra controlling behavior in order to convince themselves they are not as helpless or weak as they feel. Unfortunately, some companies do not step in to control the obvious bully, which only reinforces their behavior.

What to do.
Work is tough enough without be subjected to the of a bully. It can be very intimidating to stand up to a bully at work, especially if the bully is your boss. However, just like at the schoolyard, the best way to stop a bully is to call them out. Stand up to him and don't be an easy target. Just like in school, work place bullies tend to target those who are "friendly, trusting, and cooperative" simply because they don't challenge the bully.

If that tactic doesn't work try the Human Resources manager. If that doesn't work and the harassment is abusive contact the appropriate government entity for help, such as the Department of Labor.

He is the bully, but you lose your job?
One thing is sure. Being bullied at work can affect your well-being. It can affect your mental and physical health. It even threatens your employment security. Some bosses, such as Trump in the story listed above, believe that someone who is bullied and doesn't fight back should be fired! Losing your job would then just open a whole new set of problems. Deal with bully now and don't let him get away with anything you find to be inappropriate.

Bullying Statistics

*21% or 1 in 5 US workers are bullied;

*81% of bullies are bosses;

*41% of bullied individuals were diagnosed with depression; over 80% reported health effects such as severe anxiety, lost concentration, sleeplessness;

*31% of female and 21% of male victims suffered from post traumatic stress disorder;

*82% of bullied individuals lost their jobs (44% involuntary departure, 38% voluntary); in 51% of cases Human Resources did nothing to help the victim despite requests; in 32% of cases HR supported the bully by reacting negatively to the victim.

In the US, work related diseases including stress account for a total cost of $26 billion annually.

Source: US Hostile Workplace Survey 2000

 

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