How do I talk to a condescending boss?
I work retail part time. I am a 21 year old college student, so there isn't much else I can do while trying to earn my degree in Business Administration. My assistant manager is condescending to me at times, and I really don't understand why. As an example, today my assistant manager wanted me to take the items from the "U-Boat," a wheeled device for transportation of merchandise, for those who do not know, and put them on the shelf where they belong. No big deal. Standard procedure. My assistant manager then said " What you should do is put the empty boxes to the side, and then put the empty boxes on the U-boat when everything is all gone, okay?" Now, this is not only self explanatory, but something I have been doing for the last few months I have been working there. I always feel so degraded and put down, talked down to and I really do not understand it. I am a reasonably intelligent human being, and no one else treats me this way. The head store manager is always good to me and frequently gives me complements on the way I talk to customers and how quickly and efficiently I get tasks done. He treats me as an equal, not a little kid. I'm not sure how to talk to this person, especially since I'm not sure if I am overreacting. I've tried to drop subtile hints that I am not some sort of basket case, but its obviously not working. Its getting annoying. What should I do, if anything at all? Sure, sometimes I will ask my assistant manager questions and ask for permission to do certain things, but only because I do not want to mess up and compromise the merchandise inventory or make a bad presentation. I'm not sure if that makes me sound unintelligent to her to ask so many questions, but its only because I want to get the job done right. Thank you!
Asked By: Karma and Effect - 12/28/2012
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u can not do anything. she wants to put u down, the least u can do is to show it DOES NOT BOTHER U at all. u re not going to be at this job forever, she might by the way. so maybe in a few years u will return and be the boss of her. good luck. just do not let that beatch run u down with her condescending. u re just... More
Answered By: no mercy - 12/28/2012
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He may just be processing his own process out loud. Don't take it personally. Be glad you have a job and remember that it's not forever, only Aa means to an end.
Answered By: Leo D - 12/28/2012
Nothing is decent than conversing with your boss in a professional manner. Talk to him like an educated person. I"ve learned from this before.
Answered By: Nagaraya - 12/28/2012
Read "the 48 Laws of Power" by Robert Greene, you'll get some handy hints on what to do in all of life's scenarios relating to people... More
Answered By: The Lane in Spain - 12/28/2012
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