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    Your Rights at the Work Place: The Things Your Boss Won't Tell You

    The Bully at Work: What You Can Do to Stop the Hurt and Reclaim Your Dignity on the Job

    Mobbing: Emotional Abuse in the American Workplace, 2002 Revised Edition

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    Boss is Threatened by Me

    Posted by: Overachiever
    Date: 6/8/2007 12:11:01 AM


    I just started a new job and I overheard my boss say that he needs to get rid of me because I supposedly make him look bad. He misses appointments, does sloppy work, etc. and I do not and his boss has noticed my good work. I try my best to make my boss look good, but he still dislikes me. He has started to not give me work, and when I create my own goals he disapproves of them. I am afraid if I don't get this under control, I will lose my job just for the fact that I do my best at work and this makes him dislike me.

    Reply from: vida1961
    Date: 10/18/2008 10:50:00 PM
    Reply: Been there. Unemployed again because of it. Because I have an overactive brain and a low threshhold of boredom, I always aim to be 25% better than expected, i.e. I finish projects in 75% of the time so that the boss has time to go over them before they are passed along; when I teach, my students score 25+% higher than the average on departmental finals, if I am given a number to aim for, I aim 25% higher. It is genetic. Nothing I ever did was good enough for my family, so I tried harder. I was hired as a BILINGUAL clerk and my straw boss wrote me up for speaking to clients in my third and fourth languages when needed!!!!!

    Reply from: vida1961
    Date: 10/18/2008 10:51:00 PM
    Reply: I have insomnia, so I am involved in many evening activities and have a second job, so whenever I go outside the office, I naturally know many more people than anyone else does and they naturally speak. Some of them are well-known, it's my background, can't help it. I don't want to be rude and hide under the table. I may need a job recommendation soon. At the same time, I am not particularly concerned with money or status, so I generally share credit for anything I accomplish, yet, AGAIN, I find myself unemployed (contract not renewed)because of all of the recognition my work gets from those above my boss. I have actually found out I was about to be recognized at a companywide thing for something I did for another department at the behest of my boss and begged not to be recoginized because I knew that if I were my boss would make my life hell. How many times have I been accused of trying to make everybody else look bad? Why can't trifling good-time Charlies who have been lucky enough to be bouyed up by the Peter Principle just sit back and let the over-achievers make them look GOOD?

    Reply from: vida1961
    Date: 10/18/2008 10:52:00 PM
    Reply: I have never had a promotion, the jobs I get pay less and less because my resume shows no growth, and I am pushing 50, though I don't look it yet, again, thank goodness for my genes--which I can't help! I'm sorry! I also have gorgeous younger husband who brings me lunch when I can't get away--and does that make me popular with older female bosses? I'm sterile, I have fibromyalgia, allergies, asthma and migraines, I shop at the Thrift Store, and my car is held together with twisties--happy?

    Reply from: gypsy625
    Date: 12/4/2010 5:47:00 AM
    Reply: I don't know why this irritates me, but the person posing this question originally didn't ask for a personal history. He wanted advice on what to do, not hear all about how wronged other people may have been... Geez... Anyway, I hope you ended up finding a different job, maybe they promoted you. I would have just kept on keepin' on.

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