How do you handle a boss who plays favorites?

How do you handle a boss who plays favorites?

How do you handle a boss who plays favorites?

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by Roze Worrell

WVEC.com

Posted on January 14, 2014 at 8:18 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 14 at 8:35 AM

Dear Roze: 

Disgusting bosses are alive and well! I have a friend that works for a very spiteful woman who loves to play favorites and pit her employees against each other. She has all women working for her and gets a lot of pleasure seeing them not get along with each other. One of the things she likes to do is to tell them things about each other she knows will rile them. There was an incident where her favorite employee of the week provided her with some valuable information about their industry. This boss turned around and chided the other employees about how much she appreciated that this employee gave her some important information. My friend said it was more than obvious all her boss was trying to do was cause dissension among the ranks. Can you believe this? Do you have any advice for my friend?

Boss always stirring the pot

Dear Boss always stirring the pot:

This boss’s behavior is reprehensible not only for someone in management but for anyone. It is a good thing your friend is perceptive and recognizes what her boss likes to do. She and her co-workers should be very careful working for this person, realizing she has the propensity to intentionally convey their actions in such a way that will stir up trouble.

Dear Roze:

A couple of us lost our jobs last month due to our employer’s dwindling profits. I knew we weren’t doing well, but the pink slip still took me by surprise. In addition to being very upset over losing my job, I was also disappointed that not one of my co-workers reached out afterwards. My boss, the owner of the business, was very sympathetic and accommodating when he gave me the bad news. That same day, I quickly boxed up all my things and left the building pretty much in shock. I thought I would get a call or at least a text or email from the person I worked with the longest - over six years. We weren’t best friends nor did we hang out with each other outside of work, but I still thought I would hear something from her. Do you think my expectations are out of line?

Expected to hear something

Dear Expected to hear something:

I understand your disappointment in not hearing from your former co-worker, but I can also understand why she may have not reached out. In situations like this, oftentimes, those employees who did not lose their jobs either feel very uncomfortable with the situation and are at a loss for what to say or write or are not as impacted by your departure as you are.

I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors!

© 2014 Rozanne R. Worrell

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