jerks

my boss is a notorious liar, and he yells too

A reader writes: My boss is a notorious liar. All staffers are aware of this, and, in fact, it’s become somewhat of a running joke around the office. Some of this takes the form of exaggeration (“Five different people told me…” means one person he doesn’t want to identify, or sometimes just that he overheard […]

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my employee didn’t give a coworker the message that his wife was in surgery, and now everyone hates him

A reader writes: I’m a shift manager in a manufacturing/shop environment. One of the workers on the other shift, “Percival,” was asked to fix an issue with the computer in the foreman’s office. Percival volunteers to do this and is always classified and paid accordingly, as per the collective agreement with his union. While he […]

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my biggest client is a jerk

A reader writes: I own a small advertising firm with one big client. The new exec we work with at that company is a bully, micromanaging our work and using abusive language when dealing with us. We had a wonderful relationship with previous managers – this is the first time this has happened. I know […]

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my coworker used a racial slur at our boss’s home

A reader writes: I work in a solo physician’s office — doctor and 12 employees. We have all worked for him a long time and our office is casual, informal, and friendly. We (the staff) are all friendly outside of work as well. The doctor is quite outgoing and friendly, and his wife is more […]

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