Every time, my friends and I sit at Starbucks for our weekly coffee break talks, one of our predominant conversations is that of hostile work environments. Despite the laws prohibiting same, people still haven’t learned how to act at work. Short of litigation, I wonder if they will ever get the message. Last week’s discussion dealt with the “raging bull dog in a china shop” executive. We name them based upon their character and / or actions. We are a creative team. Anyway, this executive stormed into a meeting, late of course, and belligerently started yelling and attacking folks. Mind you, despite his undignified demonstration of pugnaciously shifting his weight (it comes with his title), amazingly, as is usually the case, he had limited facts and no correct information. All of the associates at the meeting were mortified and speechless. How do you diplomatically tell the man in charge that once again he is wrong? How do you tell him that his conduct is offensive? This day, however, the employee that he attacked said, “Mr. Big Boss man, you better lay off of me. I am not the one today! I have had enough of your foolishness. Why bore my colleagues! Let’s take this matter outside: man to man!” Wow, I guess the bull dog boss finally – barked up the wrong tree!
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