So today I get one that starts out by asking "Are you bullied at work?"
Unlike all of the other e-mails I get from the most powerful person in the world I felt compelled to read it. The article starts out explaining what a work bully is and provides a list of scenarios which may occur if you are being bullied. My favorite was "If you throw up before coming to work you may be being bullied". Personally I think if you throw up before you come to work you might be knocked up.
But then the article got really interesting. It contained a list of questions which could tell you if you are a bully. Much like a quiz on Cosmo. So I sat there and read the questions and answered them in my head. Here is a selection of the questions and my answers:
1) Does your department have the highest percentage of people who request to leave?
Well, since I moved into my department about 5 people have joined. And the same number have moved out. Is that a high percentage? And could this be my fault?
2) Several employees are on disability because of stress
Holy hell! You can get disability for stress? Who do I see in HR for that?
3) Loyalty to you is the most important employee trait.
Well, yes it is. That and the fact that you live close to a Panera and can bring me an Asiago Cheese Bagel.
4) No one seems trainable; they never get work done as quickly or correctly as you like.
Well that's just because no one else is as awesome as I am.
So I answered the other questions and I have to confess - I think I am a workplace bully. But then again, my freshman year psych teacher told me I shouldn't self diagnose. Which may be wise words because when I took that test in my text book that said I was a sociopath I was a little upset. And frightened.
~ The Office Scribe