“In Your Face and on Your Case”

We sit in our cubicles –
crowded and close,
Ten of us here,
And most quite verbose.

Some are quite helpful,
One’s rude as can be,
Obnoxious and nasty,
When talking to me.

So I went to my boss,
After trying my luck,
Confronting this issue,
And stopping this schmuck.

This bullying problem,
Covert around here,
Is killing my spirit,
And spreading more fear.

But my boss as a leader,
Or lack of he is,
Ignored my request,
Saying, “Get back to biz!”

“Oh it can’t be that bad,
your skin’s way too thin,”
And with that I gave up –
And retreated within.

Now my cubicle bully –
A smirk on her face,
Harasses and teases,
At will – without grace.

She never gets busted,
I’m so uninspired,
I’ll do less ‘round here,
Might even get fired.

I came here to work,
And answer my calling,
But leadership here,
Is weak and appalling.

With my boss playing chicken,
A bully in my face,
I’ll just put in my time,
‘Till I’m out of this place!


Image Above: Courtesy Elliot Dahl Designs – ElliotDahl.com. Who’s dictating at your company? Who uses fear in your organization to get his/her way?

Isn’t it quite amazing that in this world of high technology, communication training, and a deeper understanding of what makes a business successful that we still allow fear and intimidation to fester unchecked in many organizations?

Isn’t it mind blowing that bosses, peers, and others can say and do things to other people that are beyond rude and obnoxious and yet they are allowed to get by with it? What is the cost to an organization that allows abusive behaviors to continue? It’s enormous. Beyond dollars and cents, little things like brand, culture, and reputation are tarnished.

More importantly, those employees who came into the organization with passion and enthusiasm suddenly find themselves being just the opposite. Biding their time until a better job comes along or worse yet, resigning themselves, collecting a paycheck, and saying the hell with caring about the quality of work, the importance of their position or the well-being of their company.

Bottom line, fear works. Ask Hitler. Ask Castro. Ask Krushchev. Fear motivates people while the the gun is pointed. Drop the weapon for a minute and you better not turn your back. There is little creativity nor loyalty when fear is present. How does your organization foster open and honest communication when their is fear? Does it matter?

Having worked in environments where fear and intimidation runs rampant, I have seen the toll on the human spirit, the personal health of employees, and the cost to those invested in the success of the company.

Whether it’s an a-hole of a boss or an intimidating co-worker, it’s costing the individual, the business and our society a very high price. What price are you willing to pay – whether you’re an employee or the employer? What can you do? What will you do?

If you’re an employer, do you really know who uses fear and intimidation to motivate the troops? You might be surprised. Those who use fear are master manipulators and have learned to put on a friendly face as needed.


Copyright 2017 Steve Dahl