Tolerating The Top Dog: Handling an unprofessional boss

by epi on March 13, 2012

Q: What’s the best way to respond when a superior (in this case, the president and founder of the company) drags me into the supply closet by the arm to say that my boss is being let go, and not to go to him for decisions anymore — or when he tells me that an idea of mine is “the stupidest thing he’s ever heard in his life”?  The way he acts is really frustrating, and it’s making me miserable.

A: My question is: If you’re that unhappy, why are you still there?  No worker should ever be subjected to this kind of treatment.  I advise looking for a new job, ASAP.  There’s no point in being miserable eight hours a day, five days a week.  If you’re absolutely committed to staying with the company, then because he is the founder/president and you are an employee, your choices are very limited: You can do nothing and stoically put up with the situation, or you can have a frank talk with the president.  Let him know that his behavior is unacceptable.  Don’t assume your talk with him will make him miraculously turn over a new leaf.  It may even turn him against you, in which case you are right back to option number one: It’s time to look for a new job.  Good luck.

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Gertrude March 15, 2012 at 10:41 am

Another option is to go to HR, and report this behavior. Even the president is subject to his own rules (hopefully).

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Jerry March 15, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Right. Unless the president is answerable to a board of directors, all that HR will be able to do is tell the president that someone complained. Think about it: if the president is really as big a grouch as the poster makes him out to be, why would anyone in HR put their necks out.

Also remember that snitches get stitches! If the president ever finds out someone complained . . . well . . . that could get painful. EPI got this one exactly right.

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