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Target on My Back

Tuesday, 12th August, 2014 at 10:48 PM

  I’m the only male employee in a large oil patch company’s accounting department. Although I have a ten year history of positive performance reviews and a generally good relationship with prior supervisors, I’ve always had a testy relationship with a coworker. When our former supervisor resigned four months ago, she was stepped up to acting supervisor and officially given the title a month later.

Since she took over our department, I’ve had a target on my back...

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Tuesday, 29th July, 2014 at 4:50 PM

I handle marketing for a large engineering company. Our owners are engineers and not managers. As a result, no one runs things when people problems occur.

To produce proposals, I need to coordinate with two individuals, a department manager and a project manager. Both are bullies and have made my work life a living hell for three years.

When I ask them for materials or concepts for the proposals, they refuse to answer my emails or meet with me, saying they’re too busy.

When I visit their offices to ask them questions, they scream at me that I’ve been around long enough to know the answers...

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Do I need my attorney?

Tuesday, 15th July, 2014 at 10:15 PM

 I've worked for my company for 15 years and have made millions of dollars for my company. Senior managers who've formerly told me they know my word is my bond are now letting my reputation be smeared.

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Loose Cannon

Wednesday, 9th July, 2014 at 10:15 PM

  I supervise a man who's a creative idea guy, exactly what we need in our organization -- except he drives the rest of us nuts. He sits in staff meetings making brash comments and poking fun at others' ideas. When I make him stop, he obeys but sits mute, which is as irritating as his comments.

The rest of us depend on him for his part of projects. Although he turns out an amazing amount of work if motivated, he operates according to his own timeframe, often leaving others hanging. If the project doesn't "grab" him, he simply doesn't care.

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Supervisor is Gunning for Me

Tuesday, 1st July, 2014 at 4:03 PM

 My supervisor is gunning for me.

When I got my job, it was not with his blessing. He wanted a friend of his hired but was out of town when HR called with the hire offer. His friend apparently turned down the salary, thinking he was a shoo-in for the job and could negotiate a higher wage. His attitude ticked off the HR manager, who called me, the No. 2 choice.

I immediately accepted, excitedly taking the job. I didn't know there'd be a problem or why my supervisor flipped out when he learned I'd been hired.

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The Last Bully in My Life: How Not to Stay a Bully’s Target

Thursday, 26th June, 2014 at 5:49 PM

 My work life is a living hell. I resigned this morning and am taking the rest of the summer off to heal.
For the last six months, I've dreaded coming to work. It started when "Bill" joined our company. Everyone liked his sense of humor. At first, I did too, but then he turned it on me, mocking everything I said.
I tried ignoring Bill because I didn't want to appear defensive, especially as his comments made everyone else laugh, but his barbs got more and more pointed.

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Those of Us Left Behind

Tuesday, 10th June, 2014 at 7:32 PM

 Is there any hope for those of us who work for a long-term bully? Mr. Bully runs our branch office and, one by one, he's gotten rid of anyone who takes him on or questions his dictatorship. But because our office employs many talented, productive employees, we produce great results and the corporate headquarters thinks he walks on water.

I didn't realize how bad the situation was until I was promoted onto the management team. Before, I'd been shielded by a manager who liked employees to use their minds and voice their opinions, even ones contrary to her thinking. Needless to say...

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Can A Worker Sue Ex-Boss/Ex-Lover

Thursday, 5th June, 2014 at 10:41 PM

I had an affair for two years with my boss. We kept it secret because he told me if others knew, he would lose his career and they would have to let one or both of us go. He told me I was the best thing that had ever happened to him.--- For his birthday, I gave him what I thought was the best present ever. I let him know I had accepted a job elsewhere and we could openly be a couple. He did not even pretend to be happy.
You may have guessed what happened then... 

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Personal Life & Theft:

Tuesday, 3rd June, 2014 at 9:56 PM

Four months ago, my boss asked me to help train a new employee. She was personable, and we hit it off. Soon we were exchanging details of our lives and frequently ate lunch together.--- What I didn't know at the time was that she was a private investigator my employer hired to pose as an employee to investigate theft. I confided in this woman I considered my friend that I was looking for a new job and planned on quitting without...

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Thursday, 22nd May, 2014 at 6:32 PM

The organization recruited me for the board to help straighten out the organization's finances. I'm glad they did. I love our organization's mission.--- I was told it was no problem that the executive director was leaving because she had retired on the job and the board was glad she was moving on of her own accord. Those who recruited me assured me the organization would be OK because there was a strong internal candidate. --- He's self-centered, condescending and arrogant. --- We had a long conversation in which he told me he was better at handling clients than anyone else -- He also criticized both staff and board members.

Is it just my accountant's mind that makes these behaviors seem wrong?  

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