Are there bullies in your 'Office Space?'
- A case of the Mondays: You often feel physically ill at the start of each new work week.
- Your TPS report needs a cover sheet: Your work is constantly criticized, and your mistakes are repeatedly brought up.
- That's my stapler: Your boss is isolating you, going as far as to move your desk.
- Yeah, I'll need you to come in this Saturday: Your boss always schedules last-minute after-hours meetings.
- Not enough flair: Your supervisor finds nit-picky ways to ensure you'll fail at your job.
So how to cope with office bullies? In a 2007 report entitled "How to Bust the Office Bully," Arizona State University's Project for Wellness and Work-Life recommends that targets figure out a rational way to tell their stories to colleagues, bosses or human resources while managing their emotions. Emphasizing your competence and showing consideration for others' perspectives is also crucial, the report says.
Or, if you feel like your company supports this kind of negative behavior, you might want to take a cue from Peter Gibbons, the anti-hero of Office Space, and stop showing up to work. Unlike Peter, though, you'll probably want to actually quit your job first.