My Boss Constantly Threatens to Fire Everyone!?
I have just taken a new job a couple of months ago. I moved from the mid-west to California, got a big pay increase and a nifty title. One problem, my boss is a total bully. She is very demanding, not a big surprise as I saw that during the interview process. The problem is that she's constantly threatening to fire this director and that director and has even approached me in this manner a few times in the last couple of weeks. While I know what she really wants is everyone to exceed their goals I'm not sure if this is the right way to manage this group of people. We are all very talented professionals but, much like the rest of the US, we are feeling the pinch of a slow economy. So this has caused my boss and our board of directors to look at how many full time staff we really need. One thing that has caused me much concern is that we are not working the plan that we discussed when I was hired back in August. We were to be focusing our efforts on an event coming up this spring and now we are attempting to begin some new programs that we are starting much too late in the year. Despite my protests we have moved forward as an organization with what I consider an ill advised plan. My boss has told me that with my experience it shouldn't be any trouble for me to get this new set of programs launched. I have responded that my experience tells me we have started much too late for anything like this to be a success. Finally my boss accused me of misleading her in our interview, which I absolutely did not. While I will admit that my resume is a bit pumped up there are no fabrications or fictitious information on it. She seems to be upset because she has to explain things to me and she has to help me with understanding my job. Considering I have moved from a frontline position within my organization to an upper management position and I have left a rural area for a large metro area I think the learning curve would be extended for at least a few months beyond 2 month. Should I be looking for another job? Is there a good way to approach my boss and tell her she's actually killing my drive? Please only respond with serious responses, I can't deal with moronic statements such as, "Oh you are totally screwed, go jump off a bridge!"
Asked By: James LA - 11/24/2008
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I've got a somewhat similar issue but my boss is a guy (can't stand the boss but love the job). When I have issues with how he's treating me or others I use satire (today he asked me if an out of town trip was OK with my husband... I rebutted the question with "is it OK with your wife... More
Answered By: sabrinalaurel - 11/24/2008
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Be prepared to leave the company. Even if your position is spared, this job will eventually take its toll on you. Tell her that you need to speak to her in private and let her know, that instead of trying to keep you guys moving by her little 'motivation', she's actually doing the complete opposite. Remind her that you... More
Answered By: Chakra - 11/24/2008
I couldn't stomach the backstory of your question after about the first sentence my answer however, is not moronic. You got the job legitimately right? That is no on got u hired or word of mouth friend of a friend type of thing right? So you can get another job just like it, So you just hire a lawyer and sue him... More
Answered By: braille - 11/24/2008
Well, things are not as ideal as we want them to be. The way I see it, shape up with your boss or get ready to get shipped out! If there's no reasoning with your boss and you want to keep your job at least for a while, do what she wants. If you don't really care at all, and you're sure that you'll get a job pretty soon... More
Answered By: matrushka2525 - 11/24/2008
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