One study, released by Wayne State University, reveals that one in six workers are bullied by bosses in any given year.
National examples of "bullying" are not hard to find. Subordinates say that Martha Stewart was not easy to work for. And Donald Trump isn't exactly "mister nice guy" in his management style.
Now John R. Bolton's nomination by George Bush as US Ambassador to the United Nations is coming under scrutiny.
Supporters say Bolton, 56, the under secretary of arms control and international security at the State Department, is strong and forceful, the kind of boss who gets things done. Yet questions about his treatment of subordinates caused Congress to temporarily put aside his nomination after allegations surfaced that Bolton was overly aggressive in his dealings with the people he supervised.
Senate Democrats said they wouldn't vote for or against Bolton until they had more details about his management style. They also wanted more time to review reports that Bolton berated intelligence specialists. Republicans, who lacked the votes to push the nomination through, defended Bolton as a solid choice for US ambassador.
Full story online at the Boston Globe
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