Words are one of our most powerful tools to create change, harmony and cohesive relationships. Commandeered by your workplace psychopath, however, those words are twisted and misconstrued.
The most dangerous workplace bully encountered, meant to be on my side in more ways than one, did untold damage to my mental well-being and would go on to bully another six people in her role as a Legal Advocate. Designed to work as a duo, me on the ground and her in court, she prided herself in being a feminist, asserted on women’s issues, then destroyed my career because I received more male attention than she did. But this is not just about me. She went on to verbally abuse three female coworkers because they put her down as a ‘Mrs’ on the corporate credit card, when every card carrying feminist knows that modern language should be ‘Ms.’ Before you suggest this is an anti-feminist stance, it’s important to own I too consider myself a feminist. I also love heels, wear makeup and am a traditional gal when it comes to my romantic relationships.
This woman, referred to as being as ‘mad as a cut snake;’ ‘that beady eyed black haired bitch who watches like a hawk and goes in for the kill, even if you’re a comrade;’ and your standard phrase bandied about offices where bullying and harassment is rampant, ‘a total nut job.’[Read more…]