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Poll: Have you been a victim of workplace bullying?

Have you ever left a job because you were being bullied in some way by a co-worker or boss?

A couple of years ago, I wrote a blog about workplace bullying. That blog got a large response, leading me to believe that this is a problem shared by many people. A TechRepublic member recently wrote to me saying it would be interesting to get the stats of something like that. I decided to conduct a poll of our audience to see who has actually had to leave a job due to bullying, whether it be from a co-worker or boss. Please take a second to take this poll.

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Toni Bowers is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and is the award-winning blogger of the Career Management blog. She has edited newsletters, books, and web sites pertaining to software, IT career, and IT management issues.

6 comments
Slayer_
Slayer_

All in good fun right? Generally though people here back off if its starts becoming personal.

TBone2k
TBone2k

... how some places manage to keep staff. I worked for a small company whose owner was the kind of person that thinks because he has money he can make people do anything he wants. He had one of our guys go up to both his house and cottage to do wiring. Once he saw somebody had left a piece of equipment on their chair, he knocked it across the room. When talking about keeping the washroom in our new office, he implied that anyone who makes a mess must have a small p***s. After staff have put in extra work he has refused to pay them, or reimburse people for expenses. I only lasted there long enough for the time it took to find another job.

Dr_Zinj
Dr_Zinj

- Passed over for training opportunities given to their buddies. - Tried to shove crap jobs on me that were way below my level, and then tried to prevent me from using my supervisory authority to assign them to the appropriate people. - Wrote news releases and forged my name to them even though I wasn't even in the state at the time. - Jipped me out of a cost of living raise just prior to retirement by moving the retirement date up. All perfectly legal, but petty abuse of authority on their part. Was the happiest place to shake the dust from my boots when I left after a long career in a lot of places.

random2010
random2010

Oh yes, I put up with it for 2 years. Very devious people using all sorts of tactics trying to get more money by dumping on those of us who were working quietly and successfully on projects they wanted to jump in and take glory for. I left and never looked back. Landed a job in a great IT team full of decent people where I felt I belonged. Funnily enough, the old place shut down 18 months after I left and the old team all lost their jobs. Felt sorry for the decent people who stuck it out till the bitter end, but it only took a handful of bullying idiots to suck all the pleasure out of working there.

cbader
cbader

Technically I was fired from this job, but I had an interview the next day and they made an offer so I wouldve walked anyway. The boss was an arrogant micro managing ass. This was the first time that the stress of being around someone ever manifested itself physically, I literally left work everyday in pain.

ls1313
ls1313

was due to the owner being the worst bully I had encountered in my adult life. The last straw was the fact that he harangued his employees to go to church, particularly his church, and stated repeatedly that he didn't care that he could get in trouble - this was his place and he could do what he liked. I ran like a greyhound from there!