Dealing with intimidating employees

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When not writing, she teaches music to private pupils. Intimidation has a way of stunting you, both professionally and in terms of personal growth.

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Often people don’t realize how their actions really do affect others.

I know it may sound odd to suggest a manager doesn’t realize how he or she is affecting their employees, but if - because of the power imbalance - no one comes forward in a respectful and honest way to make the manager aware, a manager may never know how their employees are being affected by their actions. Keep this in mind when you are experiencing conflict with anyone in your life whether it is at home or on the job or with friends.

It's not, however, something you have to suffer by default.

You can put an end to it starting today, and you don't need to sacrifice your pride or decorum to do it.

Have you ever worked for a manager or supervisor that has made you feel as if you were going to the principal’s office whenever you went to see him or her? Whether intentional or not, intimidation can cause employees to experience anxiety that can adversely affect their as they become afraid to go to their manager with work related issues.

Sometimes, even when employees love their job and have great relationships with their co-workers, it isn't enough.

Ask that an investigation be made into your allegations and that disciplinary or corrective action against the offenders be taken.

I’ll always remember the first time an employee told me that I could be “intimidating.” He was a project manager. It nearly always takes a business owner by surprise when brought to their attention, and is seldom understood.

They still experience higher than necessary levels work-place stress which erodes and performance. In a situation with a supervisor or manager, there is, quite often, an imbalance of power that may be taken advantage of but shouldn't be.

Many people get hired or promoted into management positions and rarely receive managerial training.

It is likely that many illegal acts of discrimination and harassment go unrecognized or unpunished because the victim does not make it clear that the conduct is unacceptable and unwelcome.

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