Office bullying horror stories

The attack came “out of the blue”, says Mosman-based entrepreneur Lara Solomon, 36. One day in 2000, when she worked at a pharmaceutical company and thought she was doing fine, two managers cornered her. The managers harangued Solomon non-stop for two hours.

They slammed every side of her behaviour from the time she arrived and left to what she wore, which was apparently not formal enough; they wanted her in a suit.

“I just sat there and took it,” Solomon says, but admits she was devastated. The rebuke she received eclipses any tirade in Hollywood black comedy Horrible Bosses. Reports of real reprimands suggest that, despite the apparent virtue of openness, sometimes the silent treatment – being “iced out” – beats vocal criticism. Read more at the Sydney Morning Herald