Re: need suggestions on handling a boss

Subject: Re: need suggestions on handling a boss
From: "Peter Neilson" <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 07 Dec 2011 06:16:32 -0500

On Tue, 06 Dec 2011 20:48:52 -0500, wrote: (about a problem that keeps her from doing her job)

Let me tell you a story of what happened when my wife worked as the quality engineer for a manufacturer of high-quality technical fabric some years ago.

The Marketing department would send her technical questions, and she would answer them by writing reports.

One day she got a new boss who insisted that all reports were to go through him. His plan was apparently to gain power. So she handed the reports to him instead of passing them to Marketing.

The head of Marketing phoned her and said, "Where are the reports? You're usually so fast." She said, "They're on my boss's desk, waiting for approval."

He asked her to make copies and send them over, which she did, contrary to her boss's intentions.

Shortly thereafter, her boss put in a request to have her fired. The grounds? "She has been asked to produce reports for Marketing, but hasn't written anything." At her exit interview with HR, she was told the grounds for firing. She said, "You had better check with Martin, over in Marketing."

The very next day her boss had been fired. She was retained.

Sometimes it does not hurt to have a friend in the Marketing department. This is a hint.

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