If you worked the Mrs Fields mall counter, then they’d be the mofo monitoring how much dough you allot for each cookie. If you slang garbage into trucks for a living, your d!ckhead du jour would be the one clocking (for the head boss?) how long it takes you to bag a block. Furthermore, if you slaved away in an office, where peeps appear to be most concerned about stepping over everyone toward success (while being sure to not step on certain folks’ toes), well, let’s just say the opportunities for bullying the sub-boss set are endless.
So what – if anything – can be done to make a bad boss back down? Cocoa says not much, as girly girl has tried to reason, confront, and argue down (not recommended) crazies at work. Yet, according to an article posted on my favorite work-related site, careerjournal.com, there are ways that employees can work to check fools on the job, while continuing to chek for their paycheck. The article recommends not trying to sue (no legal footing to stand on); forming a support group for battered employees and confronting the manager-with-mange as a unit (LMBAO…yeah right!); confronting the boss solo (“don’t raise your voice unless he raises his first…your firm response may show your boss [you’re not scared]”…LOLLOLLOL!), and, should all else fail, reporting the tyrant to H.R.
Cocoa doesn’t know about you, but I laugh at the suggestion that employees take it upon their solo selves to confront a crazy manager. I believe the article fails to acknowledge one major fact in that companies/employers/owners/top dawgs know when their managers mistreat their sub-ordinates on a mass level – and they look the other way. It’s called managing your bottom line.
Hate it or love it (ahem...perhaps this is you?), the most-brutal jerk on the job is usually a top performer. Top management fails to confront them because of this very reason – they do not want to screw around with their business. So, why would anyone outside of the star position himself as the office martyr by going up against an obviously-protected employee? Cocoa has done it before and said it has to be one of the most non-smart things girly has done at work.
Cocoa’s suggestion: Don't tolerate daily disrespect from anyone at work, but do understand that you must choose your battles because the C.M.C. (Cubicle Mafia Crew) runs thick. Don't take up swords on behalf of all officekind. When others rise up against crazy folks who are never reprimanded for their behavior (which should read like a neon sign in the dark), don't compromise your job security by steering the bandwagon. Matter of fact, Cocoa had a smart and succesful colleague who purposedly befriended one crazy boss and acted as if she were a devoted, hard-working employee who saw the crazy in the same faux-positive light as said crazy's managers. Call it shady, but what at work isn’t? She knew her boss had 10,000 percent job security, so what was she going to do?
It’s about survival and your paycheck. Martyrdom at work is for dummies.
Oh, and if things turn hella bad for you, start looking for a new job within or outside of the company. Unless you're an also an office star, the top dawgs are not ridding of their best performer for you. Hell, even if you are a star, chances are that you're still a Cocoa...so tread wisely because the playing is not yet that leveled.
What do you think? How have you handled crazy, unfair, deplorable bosses? How would you handle one?