Being Assertive Overcoming the Intimidation Building Your Confidence Community Q&A Speaking to someone who intimidates you can be scary.
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I created a presentation for our organizational meetings in the fall where I could offer the concept to our principal owner and the four other general managers in our organization.
Following my presentation, which I thought I did pretty well considering my extreme nervousness, our principal owner said, “Well, Skip, that’s a great idea, but, we don’t do it that way in Nashville (the home office and city that launched this group’s first baseball team).” That statement meant I wouldn’t be doing it in my city, either. I felt judged and demeaned in front of my bosses and peers.
In extreme cases, workplace intimidation can lead to suicide.
One of the most effective ways for a manager to prevent workplace bullying is to respect his own subordinates, thereby promoting a company culture of mutual respect.
Your co-workers may be bullying you if they give you the "silent treatment" or otherwise consistently ostracize you. Superiors, peers or even subordinates may sabotage your work to provide a pretext for disciplining you or even firing you.
Your tormentors may even accuse you of bullying them if you stand up to them.
Although subtle workplace intimidation can be devastating, it is almost impossible to win a lawsuit based on any type of subtle intimidation.