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    Key Books

    Problem Bosses: Who They Are and How to Deal With Them

    Managing Up : How to Forge an Effective Relationship With Those Above You

    When Smart People Work For Dumb Bosses

    Follow-up: How to Fight Back When Your Boss Is Out to Get You

    "If you're having serious problems with your boss, get them on record with HR before they pose a direct threat to your job. If you wait until you"

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    User: Rajeev
    Date: 8/25/2011 1:17:00 AM

    What if HR is also siding them?

    User: Ceecee
    Date: 9/5/2011 2:16:00 AM

    I told the boss the facts and told her she needed to be nicer.

    User: halbob
    Date: 9/13/2011 9:18:00 PM

    Wow! Am I happy to find this site. Here's my problem. Our (top boss) the Operations Manager and (next in line) our Plant Manager are both wonderful bosses. They put a gal in charge as 'office manager' because before I was hired 6 years ago, the girls weren't getting along in the office and the Operations Manager and the Plant Manager didn't want to be involved. This 'Office Manager' has never had manger training and the job has gone to her head. Let me say that my husband and I are friends with the plant manager. I am in customer service and I do a great job. I have been in customer service in some capacity as well as manger posisions with a very good reputation of being efficient and fair for 42 years. This office manager was not in one morning when a customer called with a complaint. I went to the plant manager with the problem and ever since then, she feels I go 'over her head' and has sat in the same room as me speaking to another employee saying things I would over hear like "No body goes over my head" and I don't get mad, I get even". I've had to deal with this attitude ever since. I am the only one she does this to. Other employees have made BIG mistakes and others say' It's a good thing you didin't do that - she'd crucify you - the other employee did not get in trouble, in fact, the office manager covered it like no big deal. She had to drive product about 6 hours one way and back because this other employee forgot to send sample product UPS. The office manager has the great harmonious voice that tends to be truthful, when she lies and twists the truth so a person can't even defend themselves. How do I deal with this? Everyone would get along just fine if she was a different type of person. She is the most vintictive person I have ever met.

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