After reading this thread, it occurred to me that I had been subjected to abuse in the workplace when I was younger and less experienced, and I didn’t recognize it for what it was. I thought that maybe there might be other young adults out there who might be experiencing it, or have experienced it and would like to discuss it.
The abuse I experienced (second hand, mostly - I kept away from the owner who dished it out) was in the form of a co-owner/manager who would yell at staff viciously, call them names, belittle them in front of customers and other staff, kick and punch walls in anger, and generally have everyone in the company walking on eggshells around her because no one knew what would set her off.
I realized later that my best course of action would have been to walk straight out the door the first time I saw her screaming at someone at the top of her lungs, about two weeks into my job there. I was shocked at her display, but everyone else seemed to take it in stride. That should have been another tip-off; no one called her on it, ever.
So, how’s about it? Anyone else want to talk about their abusive experiences at work? (I think this is something that isn’t discussed enough - as a fairly clued-in person of 25, I didn’t even realize that people could behave like that at work.)