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Dealing with a boss who won't take no for an answer

I'm being asked to engage in business practices that are probably bad for my company in the long run and driving me nuts personally. I'm also a new temp and not in a great position to rock the boat. Is there any way to make this situation more bearable? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 29, 2012 - 14 answers

It's time to change for the better

Fast forward one year later, boss situation changed again. Help me make it change for the better this time. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 21, 2012 - 1 answer

Would I Be an Office Tattletale?

I have a newish job at a law firm. I like it. It's not in my field and I'm a bit overqualified, but I need the money and a sense of accomplishment. I work very hard, am trying to learn quickly, and have had excellent, enthusiastic feedback from my boss. However, a coworker who has some problems with my work style and constantly tells me I'm a sloppy worker wants to have a sit-down meeting with me at Starbucks tomorrow to discuss my work. This person is not my boss, and my actual boss has made it clear to me that this person is in no way my boss. Do I tell my real boss what this guy is doing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 11, 2012 - 47 answers

Should I tell my boss I'm looking for a new job?

Should I tell my boss I am looking for a new job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 6, 2012 - 26 answers

Do I HAVE to keep this puppy?

Hope us navigate the dangerous waters of puppies and bosses... [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad on Jun 1, 2012 - 25 answers

I have a staff member who is driving me up the wall. Please help me to understand what exactly it is that she is doing - and how to deal with it.

I have a staff member who is driving me up the wall. Please help me to understand what exactly it is that she is doing - and how to deal with it. Much more under the cut. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 15, 2012 - 49 answers

How do I persuade old guards to learn new tricks?

My new boss is totally different from my old boss. Help me persuade my colleagues not to hate him. [more inside]
posted by malusmoriendumest on Apr 11, 2012 - 9 answers

Wrong Career Move- Advice Please

Wrong Career Move- Advice Please [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 5, 2012 - 8 answers

how to talk to boss about subpar work due to depression

Boss wants to talk about why I haven't been in the office that much these past few months and why my work is not up to par. I've been struggling with depression. How can I talk to him about this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 3, 2012 - 28 answers

What do I ask a person who's job it will be to tell me what to do?

I have the chance to interview people who are likely to be my manager. What should I ask? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 3, 2012 - 8 answers

Teach me, Obiwan.

I have a new boss. He is awesome. Now what? [more inside]
posted by SoulOnIce on Jan 27, 2012 - 15 answers

Please calm my job-related anxieties

In a flurry of self-doubt, excitement, apprehension regarding my career, boss. and social life. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 14, 2012 - 5 answers

How do I tell my boss I don't want to carpool?

How do I tell my boss I don't want to carpool with the group for a 12+ hour round trip? [more inside]
posted by dalesd on Jan 12, 2012 - 31 answers

How do I manage a workflow that is dependent on other people?

How do I manage a workflow that is dependent on other people's efforts? My (mostly administrative) job requires that I do things that are frequently dependent on the contributions and/or approval of other people, who frequently can't/don't/won't complete tasks in a timely manner. What do I do? (Details inside) [more inside]
posted by Wretch729 on Dec 13, 2011 - 11 answers

Inventing a promotion. Possible?

Machievelli Filter: I see an opportunity at my office. [more inside]
posted by Buffaload on Dec 13, 2011 - 14 answers

Is it better to be demoted for my own sanity, or to stay miserable until I can jump ship?

Should I ask for a demotion? Or keep sucking it up while I look for the next big thing? I'm a newspaper editor who hates her job and would like to be a reporter again. [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak on Dec 7, 2011 - 13 answers

How do I tell my supervisor I'm interviewing elsewhere when I need them as a reference?

I have a job interview next week. Meanwhile, my current supervisor is anxious to start the work plan and budget process for 2012. I feel dishonest committing to projects that I have no intention of carrying out. I need my supervisor as a reference and I can't burn this bridge - how do I tell my boss I'm interviewing elsewhere? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 23, 2011 - 10 answers

Is my boss a jerk / being overboard?

Is my boss a jerk / being overboard? I've noticed certain behaviors about my boss that bother me, and I need some validation and outside opinion on whether my boss is being overboard. Everyone else at work seems to just shut up and accept such behavior. To what extent are these things acceptable in a work environment? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 22, 2011 - 28 answers

Madamina, this is our staffer Madamina. Pleased to meet you.

How do I apply for my own job -- especially if my bosses are my references? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Nov 14, 2011 - 23 answers

What information should an exit letter contain?

My boss has asked me to write my own an "intent to leave" letter and I'm wondering if anything else should go in it beside the date of my last day of work. [more inside]
posted by victoriab on Nov 7, 2011 - 17 answers

Thank you

How to properly thank a superior? [more inside]
posted by gocubbies on Oct 23, 2011 - 7 answers

My boss hates me.

So, my new manager doesn't like me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 23, 2011 - 8 answers

Can my boss call me at 2am?

My boss called me at 1:45am to ask me to come in early the next day. Is that as outrageous as I think it is? [more inside]
posted by Nibbly Fang on Oct 16, 2011 - 34 answers

How do I deal with a boss who is prone to chew me out?

How do I prevent from getting yelled at by my boss while still keeping my dignity? [more inside]
posted by tunestunes on Oct 6, 2011 - 17 answers

how to encourage the boss

Yesterday I was called into what turned out to be a humiliating tag-team meeting where my supervisor and the department director took turns berating me for my job performance over the past year. Short on specifics and long on phrases like "you don't display ownership of your projects," and "you're always late," etc. All this is odd because just a couple months ago I got an un-scheduled mid-year raise and 'ata-boy from the director. Yes, one of the same who was pounding on me yesterday. [more inside]
posted by markhu on Oct 5, 2011 - 22 answers

Can't we all just get along?

Difficult Boss Filter: How do I deal with my smack-talkin', super negative boss? [more inside]
posted by moons in june on Sep 28, 2011 - 10 answers

Is it just communication problems or does my boss think I'm incompetent?

Do I have a chip on my shoulder or is my boss underestimating me? Or maybe it's both? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 23, 2011 - 15 answers

Should I criticize my boss in my exit interview?

Exit letter and interview...how should I treat the elephant in the room...my incompetent boss? [more inside]
posted by idle on Sep 14, 2011 - 26 answers

how to survive perfectionist boss until a new job offer comes

My boss is brilliant at what he does - except for the management part. He is highly critical of himself and others, has little to no people skills, and he's making me miserable. It's making me self-doubt my abilities and the negativity is creeping into my personal life. What can I do to deal with my perfectionist boss while I make my exit strategy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 7, 2011 - 8 answers

I already work for you for free!

Can you help me navigate a conflict situation regarding differing expectations for my responsibilities as a volunteer? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 4, 2011 - 23 answers

How to deal with screaming boss

My boss is harassing me, she has always been hyper and hateful, but this week was hell. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 27, 2011 - 25 answers

Dealing with a harsh comment from a superior at work.

Though I can be broodish and moody at home at times, I keep it in check. People at my workplace find me enjoyable and fun to work with. They find me humorous. I have friends there. Today, one manager out of the blue from another department told me "You are the most negative person I know." I told her in an even tone "That is not too nice a thing to say, you know?" She just rolled her eyes and laughed and said "You're a downer…like Eeyore". Context: She sort of glides from department to department with this air of superiority and says edgy things to people in a joking-but-not-really way. Many don't find her funny. I let her get to me as it cut me deeply. Real deep. Before that I was in a zen mode all day and at peace. How do I deal with interactions with her in the future as I can't change her and I secretly think she likes taking jabs at people. (moderate sociopath?) She is higher in the chain and is liked even higher up as a hatchetwoman and I don't want to be rash with something I might say back. I wish I could buy Thick Skin on ebay or something. Thanks for your answers. (If it matters, I am a male.)
posted by snap_dragon on Aug 23, 2011 - 48 answers

my boss seems to want my job at her salary.

My boss's work-related (lack of) boundaries is really getting on my nerves. Help me figure out how to deal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 22, 2011 - 9 answers

I hate my boss and it's only my first week. Is that enough reason to quit?

I hate my boss and it's only my first week. Is that enough reason to quit? [more inside]
posted by joeyjoejoejr on Jul 25, 2011 - 48 answers

Hope me.

My boss never says "please" or "thank you." [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 20, 2011 - 36 answers

Help me help my overtired boss

How can I help my overtired boss [more inside]
posted by greenish on Jul 6, 2011 - 11 answers

Change, so far, is not a good thing

New boss in old job with political connections/implications, help us make this work [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 13, 2011 - 8 answers

I DO care about how you do it BUT not about the final results

How much impact does a boss have over an employee’s happiness and career? What is your experience? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 11, 2011 - 16 answers

Two hours in a car with my new boss

Help me survive two hours in a car with my new boss. [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer on May 31, 2011 - 16 answers

How do I handle the imminent return of a supervisor with whom I feel I have a toxic relationship?

How do I handle the imminent return of a supervisor with whom I feel I have a toxic relationship? [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 on May 30, 2011 - 7 answers

Blub, you lose!

What has helped you take criticism better, and avoid losing your nerve when you feel that your work is being evaluated? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 23, 2011 - 8 answers

What to take to boss's BBQ?

What should I bring to my boss's barbecue? [more inside]
posted by jackfruit on May 21, 2011 - 27 answers

Morally Handicapped isn't a valid condition

What to do about my boss' parking in a disabled space? [more inside]
posted by notashroom on May 1, 2011 - 48 answers

Impersonal Gift Ideas Needed

I need a completely generic, impersonal thank you gift for a boss with whom I spend a ton of time but about whom I know next to nothing. [more inside]
posted by pineappleheart on Apr 26, 2011 - 22 answers

Do I have to tell my boss I'm applying for another job in our office before I land it?

I am applying for a job within my small department. Career counselor says I MUST tell my boss this before landing the job. I don't wanna, but can't see a way around it either. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 22, 2011 - 9 answers

Never be friends with your boss?

My friend is now my boss. How does our friendship change? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 16, 2011 - 11 answers

My boss thinks I'm dumb. Maybe I am.

My boss thinks I'm incompetent. Maybe I am. Sinking self esteem inside: [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 26, 2011 - 22 answers

It's quittin time!

How do I manage these final months at my job with my grad school acceptances? [more inside]
posted by bookgirl18 on Mar 10, 2011 - 11 answers

Should I take a loan from my boss?

I'm strapped for cash, and am saving up money to move to a cheaper place in a few months. My boss has offered to personally loan me money to help me move. Should I take him up on his offer? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 9, 2011 - 19 answers

Plodder --> Dynamo. Doable?

How do I adapt my working style to be more in line with that of my boss? Should I even be trying? This got kind of long. Sorry. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Mar 3, 2011 - 16 answers

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