Beware of the snake-in-the-building
Having power and authority in workplace are something someone is looking for. Everyone will want to be the ‘boss’ or like to be called ‘the boss’.
Your immediate superior, or some said supervisor’ ; head of department; or whatever title given as long as they stand above the rest will always feel around of the said achievement (either in the right proper way or self-proclaimed).
Your superior at work may draw or said to be given the authority from multiple sources.
With the official position, he may have added power because of his relationship tier with upper management and reputation. There's nothing wrong with having power, unless he abuses it.
Humiliating, intimidating, pressuring and threatening co-workers by superiors are considered as abuses in the workplace.
It doesn't include normal management tasks such as reviewing your performance or assigning your workload, unless your superior does so unfairly.
In most cases, superior who abuses co-workers will try to bully, discriminate, dominate, showing double-standard features and of course unfairness.
Offensive, humiliating verbal or physical conduct may count as harassment as well as being abusive.
Abusive superiors will always criticize, look down, insult and belittling you; some will intimidate you with angry, out-of-control rants and emotional explosions.
Abusing superior may also appear nice when they're face to face with you, they will come with a cool and nice voice tone and then back stab you later.
Abusive superior will want to control and dominate you by using their power and authority to micromanage or unreasonably restrict your ability to do anything without their approval.
In most cases, these behaviors have more to do with your superior’s personal issues than anything you've done.
Soft abuse may happen at time, it may be best to let it ago; especially if it comes from an otherwise-excellent boss.
Even if it's consistent, enduring the abuse until one of you moves on is an option.
If you feel you cannot take it anymore, maybe let your superior call and then confront him or her professionally.
It is best to try to confront without losing control or flinging abuse or insults at him or her.
Keep notes on the incidents in case you have to complain to higher-ups. A detailed track record shows you're not just a whiner.
Abuse may go beyond what's legal. When a superior try to scapegoat you have grounds for legal action; if your superior try defaming you like telling lies about your performance or your personal life that may be actionable too.
If you make a legitimate complaint to the organization or institution and don't get a response, or your organization has no provisions for preventing harassment, you may be able to sue the institution.
Beware of the snake-in-the-building. Be bold, brave and smart enough to hold your rights
Azizi Ahmad is a senior educator Fri, May 24, 3:04 PM