Over the past year, many workplaces have adopted flexible working arrangements.
While this new way of working has been welcomed by many, it has also created a dangerous power shift that has resulted in some bosses being bullied by their own employees.
The pandemic has shone the spotlight on upward bullying - where workers run roughshod over their bosses.
Multi-tasking during remote meetings, refusing to return to the office, ignoring directives and belligerent acts are some of the new behaviours confronting leaders.
Upward bullying is a relatively new phenomenon.
It's under-reported and needs to be addressed in policy and legislation to protect management so they can lead their teams without being undermined.
Existing policies fail to address and label upward bullying.
When the boss isn't in the office building with their employees, it makes it difficult to call out behaviour.
To prevent upward bullying, workplaces should:
If you're a victim or are aware of upward bullying in your workplace, speak up.
Maureen Kyne is a workplace bullying, sexual harassment and discrimination specialist and principal of Maureen Kyne & Associates.
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