Women: How can females cope with verbal abuse in the office or at work? A series designed to help women understand and take action against verbal abuse in the workplace.
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By Brigitte Aflalo-Calderon
Women: Through the use of fear, humiliation, and intimidation, the "aggressor" intends to control you by verbal abuse.
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|It is insidious. It does not leave bruises but it cuts to the very
core of who you are, slowly tearing down your self-esteem and dignity. It goes by such
names as verbal abuse, workplace aggression, bullying, and violence in the workplace.
It has increased by 200% in the last ten years.
How can we protect ourselves when the dynamic, ever-changing nature of business makes the workplace more susceptible to bullying behavior?
What is verbal
It may also be very subtle. It is the gaggle of workers who go to lunch together and don't invite you, or whispers at your approach.
It is the supervisor who gives you the silent treatment or is never pleased.
Through the use of fear, humiliation, and intimidation, the "aggressor" intends to control you.
I went from being a self-assured woman, always pursuing new professional challenges to dreading to go to the office where I would be subjected to the mood swings of my boss -- a woman a few years older than I was.
On good days, she would ask me to keep track of staff's coming and going. On bad days, she would storm into my office, yelling and throwing a pile of documents she had not had time to read.
I was constantly on the edge. I gradually lost the sense of who I was. I felt worthless. I became afraid of everyone, avoiding eye contact, freezing whenever someone would speak to me. I would labor endlessly on menial tasks. I didn't, couldn't understand what was happening to me.
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