How to deal with screaming boss
August 27, 2011 2:32 PM Subscribe
My boss is harassing me, she has always been hyper and hateful, but this week was hell.
posted by anonymous to Human Relations (25 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
One day I made the mistake of offering my opinion on a change in the office structure, but I was just being honest when the subject was brought up. I did not even realize the boss was terribly upset until 4 hours later at quitting time she stopped me in the hall and told me loudly where everyone in the office could hear that she “WAS THE BOSS, WHAT SHE SAID WENT, THAT WHAT I THOUGHT DID NOT MATTER”, you get the idea. She proceeded following me in my office screaming, I told her to let it drop before we both said something we would regret, she did not. After a tirade of about 3 minutes I tried to explain myself (what I said was - it was just my thoughts, sorry I offended her, we were all under a lot of stress) she started apologizing and then of course everything is suppose to be ok. The next day everyone that witnessed the incident told me I did not deserve it and I handled it very well. I have tried to stay quite since, but it seems the boss deliberately tries to get me to say things about the very subject I was jumped on to about and when I answer shortly with no opinion it seems to make her mad.
I am afraid everyone in the office has had a round with this woman, but I would like to know how to handle this in the future. I do not want to be the one who goes to management, no one else has and I am afraid I will be the lone ranger if I did. What I really would like advice on is how to handle a temper tantrum like this if and when it happens again, this person has serious issues (paranoid, self-centered, defensive, makes fun of people, just mean).