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Help me deal with my evil boss.

Asking for a friend: HELP! My boss is wrecking my well being and my chance of moving on. (quasi-long post) [more inside]
posted by o0dano0o on Jun 11, 2007 - 22 answers

 

How to respond to an email from your boss asking you to back off a bit?

I've been working six months now at a small ad agency in a medium sized city (70,000). I come from big agency experience. I'm an art director. We have 8 people total, all great people to work with. I like the change from big city to smaller city. There are a lot of plus-es to it. Just recently, we landed a big account. They're looking for a redesign of their brand and ad campaign with internet, non-traditional, advanced website... the works. Whereas most of our job lists for clients number in the few, this one starts with well more than a dozen with several of them as very big projects and with very tight deadlines (in the next six weeks). Skipping to the question, I've been asked by the creative director to step back and stop treading on toes via email. More inside... [more inside]
posted by paulinsanjuan on May 25, 2007 - 13 answers

Problem boss + coping strategies...

How do I deal with a boss who dislikes me personally and says no to all of my ideas unless my direct supervisor is in the room "pleading my case" as well? [more inside]
posted by ollyoop on May 9, 2007 - 23 answers

How do I strap it on?

I’ve recently nailed a great job in an industry I’ve been trying to break into for years (finally, nothing to do with TV/film). But I want to learn how to “toughen up.” [more inside]
posted by Kloryne on Apr 1, 2007 - 30 answers

What does he take me for?

I'm pretty sure my boss's accountant lied to me about sending out my paycheck to cover up my boss's lack of funds, thus leaving me without a paycheck for a full pay period. [more inside]
posted by Jess the Mess on Mar 20, 2007 - 22 answers

Can I Make Myself Like My Boss Again?

Coming to terms with my dislike of my boss. What now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 9, 2007 - 9 answers

Miserable with a future, or on hold but with less misery?

I have almost certainly won an eighteen thousand dollar award to do my Master's degree, but every day I find myself semi-wishing that I don't win it so that I don't have to do my Master's. Do I suck it up and advance my career, or turn down more money than I make in two years and end up working at the mall? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 1, 2007 - 21 answers

Help With Tricky Boss in New Job

Please help ensure the success of my friends new school teaching job. It looks like an excellent job in many respects, but there are two stumbling blocks: 1. The boss is tricky, likely a corporate psychopath. 2. staff are expected to work approximately 30% longer than regular school on-site hours, for no extra pay or compensation. more inside ... [more inside]
posted by singingfish on Feb 3, 2007 - 15 answers

What do I do about my boss?!

How do I deal with the most unprofessional and innapropriate boss? [more inside]
posted by dearest on Jan 23, 2007 - 39 answers

Boss Management?

How to explain company problems to bosses? [more inside]
posted by emptyinside on Jan 11, 2007 - 19 answers

Is there a way for my boss to screw me out of my $$

I work for a magazine publishing company, and I think I am making a lateral move to another company which offers more upside potential in the future. I get a base salary, but most of my income comes from commission. The company I work for is relatively small, a LLC, and I dont think there are any $$ problems. My boss however is somewhat of a tyrant. My concern in leaving is that he will try and find a way to stiff me out of any remaining due commission to me. It is currently and ranges around 20k, in which he owes me, and pays me off in increments per paycheck. When I started here, we had put the agreement down on paper...(more) [more inside]
posted by TwilightKid on Nov 9, 2006 - 2 answers

Take this job and query it.

Is it too passive-aggressive to search for a new job in full view of my boss? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 3, 2006 - 20 answers

More than a monkey

I've recently become aware that my boss only sees value in a small part of what I do. [more inside]
posted by rhizome on Sep 25, 2006 - 12 answers

Got into an ugly fight with my former boss. How do I solve this?

Got into an ugly fight with my former boss. How do I solve this? [more inside]
posted by IZ on Jul 20, 2006 - 19 answers

I want to be a leader, not a boss.

I start a new job tomorrow. Help me not make an ass of myself! [more inside]
posted by bilabial on Jun 22, 2006 - 10 answers

Why are some bosses evil?

Why are there so many bad employers? [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Jun 19, 2006 - 42 answers

Should I quit my job?

It's very possible I'll be fired from my job next Wednesday. Should I resign before then? What should I tell prospective employers? [more inside]
posted by hamster on Jun 15, 2006 - 38 answers

Boss comments crossing line to sexual harassment?

My friend has a problem with a comment her new boss made to her the other day, involving her supposedly "inappropriate" clothing. What would other females do in this sort of situation? [more inside] has her side of the story. [more inside]
posted by sperose on Jun 8, 2006 - 117 answers

How to cope with boss from Hell?

What coping strategies will help me deal with a new boss (on a much-needed temporary job) who is admittedly "anal rententive." She is anxious, rude, insecure, demanding, disparaging of my judgement and predicts my ultimate failure. If I didn't need the money so much I'd move on, but I want to keep this job. It's not a career move, just a matter of income. How can I manage and tolerate her and or cope with what seems to be a difficult situation? TIA
posted by NorthCoastCafe on Jun 5, 2006 - 15 answers

How to handle sexual harassment in a small office?

Eeeewfilter: What to do when boss in small office sends porn to employee? [more inside]
posted by Amizu on Jun 3, 2006 - 28 answers

How to make one's boss a better communicator.

Is there anything I can do to make my boss a better communicator? [more inside]
posted by Joey Michaels on May 5, 2006 - 12 answers

How can I get my boss to actually work?

How can I get my boss to actually work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 28, 2006 - 18 answers

this is why i shouldn't be a manager

tax idiot filter: I need to get some things postmarked today. It's 6:30pm where I am. [more inside]
posted by bilabial on Jan 31, 2006 - 14 answers

My boss wants me to do shady things.

How do you refuse to do something your boss asks of you without jeopardizing your job? [more inside]
posted by Meredith on Jan 14, 2006 - 24 answers

What makes people come to work on time?

My assistant is usually late, help me get her to make me look better. [more inside]
posted by bilabial on Nov 14, 2005 - 57 answers

Zen and the Art of IT Diplomacy

Help! I'm so very stressed out. How do I convince my luddite of a boss that our office desperately needs a regularly scheduled IT person? I even have a perfect person in mind. [more inside]
posted by abbyladybug on Nov 9, 2005 - 12 answers

Boss Appreciation

How do you show your boss that you are appreciative of his generosity? [more inside]
posted by quadog on Nov 3, 2005 - 17 answers

Show me the money!

What's the potential downside of claiming you have a job offer, when you don't, in order to renegotiate your current salary and position? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 14, 2005 - 23 answers

What should I do about my PHB?

My boss is the classic PHB (pointy-haired boss). He knows little about what I do every day and comes up with random and often dumb tasks for us to work on. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 27, 2005 - 16 answers

How can I decide if I'm management material?

How can I decide if I'm management material? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 23, 2005 - 17 answers

Boss Panic!

Boss Panic! I have a friend who becomes very apprehensive when he knows the boss is coming. [more inside]
posted by frykitty on Aug 5, 2005 - 10 answers

ManagerFilter: Improving Staff Morale

ManagerFilter:Need some easy, cost-effective tips for making the workday more fun and upbeat. [more inside]
posted by Miko on May 24, 2005 - 17 answers

Dating your boss' child?

Dilemma: My boss’ daughter is pretty hot… [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 1, 2005 - 48 answers

When to tell the boss

Managers, employers, and workers with this experience: should I tell my boss about my bipolar disorder? I'm about to enter a situation where it might disrupt my work... [more inside]
posted by veronitron on Apr 26, 2005 - 18 answers

How do you put a positive spin on

Long story short, I have my yearly evaluation tomorrow. While I've rocked my way through 80 percent of my duties, there are two areas my new boss has marked for improvement in the coming year. How do I get the most out of the part of the evaluation where we discuss my shortcomings? [more inside]
posted by deliriouscool on Mar 15, 2005 - 13 answers

Dealing with bad boss and HR

BossFromHell/HRToolFilter: How many of you encountered the boss from hell and the HR zombies who defended him/her? What did you do? Are you glad you did what you did, or would you have done something different?
posted by nj_subgenius on Feb 13, 2005 - 21 answers

Fired! How to Deal?

About a year ago, I was unjustly fired. My employer was careful to do it in a way to avoid any legal disputes. How does one get over thoughts of revenge and confrontation. I've considered sending a letter to the person responsible, explaining exactly how I feel about it all. I was never given a proper explaination and the whole thing feels unresolved. I realize a letter is somewhat juvenile and unproductive but I feel this might help me cope. I really want to put this all behind me.
posted by anonymous on Dec 28, 2004 - 20 answers

How to Fire Someone?

Any advice on the least dehumanizing way to fire someone? I'm not so much worried about the mechanics of when to do it as how. What would you want to hear from your boss if you were let go tomorrow that wasn't merely blowing smoke up your posterior?
posted by anonymous on Nov 16, 2004 - 17 answers

My boss is driving me crazy. Should I ask the head of HR to mediate, or go it alone?

My boss is driving me crazy. It's time to have a sit-down. Should I ask the head of HR to mediate, or go it alone?


BTW, part of the discussion will include the issue of mind games: as perceived by me, as practiced by the Boss. This is a huge risk, but life has gotten unbearable. (Thanks in advance.)
posted by anonymous on Nov 14, 2004 - 17 answers

Boss charging sales rep for customer's bounced check

ShadyBossFilter: The situation is this: items were purchased at a cost of $6800 from one company to sell to another company. Our customer either bounced or stopped payment on the check, but our boss is trying to leave our sales rep holding the bag (i.e. he is deducting the cost of goods from his paycheck). The sales rep stood to take in a percentage of the profit as commission, but I would have assumed that the company takes on the risk in situations like this, not the employee. We're in New Jersey. What's the deal? (p.s. Today is my last day.) [more inside]
posted by alphanerd on Aug 6, 2004 - 8 answers

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