For the past 3 years I have been bullied by my boss who is the most senior HR executive in the organization. He has taken away visible projects, reduced my visibility overall, does not allow me to meet with client executives, belittles all of us all the time, plays favorites, yells, swears, in general, very abusive. Since he is also very well connected to the HR community, its clearly understood that he can block any attempt to move. In general, I feel trapped. I get nauseous whenever I have to meet with him or attend management meetings. I have no motivation, and am very depressed. My productivity, innovation and creativity are way down.
Up until working for this person, I have been a high flyer, considered top talent, and have achieved excellent results resulting in superior ratings. My problem is that I do not know if I should file a complaint because that would require going to the CEO who my boss reports to. I dont want to be managed out or considered to be a troublemaker. At the same time, I feel it is my duty to let his superiors know what he is doing to me and to others in HR. All I want is to move out to another organization but believe he is giving me poor references before I even get started
Do you think I should proceed with a formal complaint? How can I deal with references when he is my direct manager?