I recently met an ex-colleague from a large multi-national that I worked for a few years back. For the most part, I had a thoroughly enjoyable time at the firm and made some great, long lasting friendships.
I do, however, have one enduring memory that I would rather forget.
For a short period, I reported to a bully that seemed to be permanently angry. He seemed to get a perverse enjoyment from making everyone around him fearful and extremely unhappy. Life was miserable during that period.
We all know that the best people, the ones that that the firm can least afford to lose, are the first ones to leave when a company is having problems or when they have problems with their management chain. I have to admit that I was one of those people that got out as quickly as I could.
Looking at the normal course of events when this happens, it is easy to understand why firms can be irreparably damaged because generally, those left behind are the weaker members of the team who, for economic or other reasons, are compelled to stay.
A knock-on effect of bullying is that teams tend towards delivering substandard results when they are unhappy and as a result, they become more fearful of their bullying boss.
If you have bullies in your organisation beware as it is going to cost you more in the long run than you might think. Mass resignations, and bad social media press are just the tip of the iceberg!