My boss invited me to a pyramid scheme.
September 30, 2013 3:53 PM Subscribe
When a person holds some sway over your career path, how do you tell him that you don't want to join his network marketing team?
posted by anonymous to human relations (20 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My work requires that I am represented by an agent. Intellectually, I know that my agent "works for me", but emotionally, I feel subordinate to him, as though he were my boss. He is extremely intimidating and sometimes unreasonable, and it is very difficult to express disagreement to him. Although I find our dynamic challenging, he's well-respected in our industry and we are a good fit in terms of the actual work, so I'm not sure I'd be able to find a more suitable agent.
My agent has joined a pyramid scheme / network marketing endeavour. He is flattering and cajoling me to join. I think pyramid schemes, this one in particular, are mathematically illogical and socially irritating bullshit and have no intention of joining one. But scoffing at my agent's new pursuit will ruffle his feathers, and the less he likes me, the less money I make.
What are some tactful things I can say to get out of this and make sure he never asks me again?
I'm fine with lying (I did already say my sister is with the company so maybe I can leverage that).
Any advice would be much appreciated.