Laughing Helps Us Process Very Bad Boss Experiences

Do you have a special person in your life that no matter what is going on, no matter if it may actually be really rotten, you and that person laugh uproariously together about it? I know I do: “M.” For over 25 years, “M” has been a key member of my Manchu, my chosen family. Despite the fact that we’ve gotten ourselves into quite a few pickles together and separately over the years, there’s something about our friemistry (friend+chemistry) that causes us to burst-out laughing together. Once we nearly died on the Icicle River in Washington … [Read more...]

10 Things We Wish Very Bad Bosses Would Say

We've been asking, “Ever had a bad boss experience?” to gather stories for our new book Very Bad Bosses: Never Get in a Pissing Match with a Skunk (& Other Sage Advice for Surviving Workplace Villains). We've received some awesome responses... “LOL. Is the Pope Catholic?” Margaret jokes. Kahina writes, “I think the question is... Has anyone ever NOT experienced a bad boss? And, Ron says his “worst boss was the one who would tell me one thing and tell those to whom I had a functional relationship something else. He would go behind … [Read more...]

Why Examining Very Bad Bosses is So Very Good for Us

I seriously thought I was losing my mind. I’d write a lengthy report and magically it would disappear. Important documents would come in by mail, I’d put them on my desk for review and whoosh, gone. I’d ask colleagues, “Do you have…? Did you see…?” and they would shake their heads and wonder why I was asking. It must be me, I thought, I’m having some kind of breakdown at the age of 25. This was my first “big” job after undergraduate school. Heeding my parents’ advice about not going into education, their profession, (they wanted me to … [Read more...]

Got A Very Bad Boss Story? We Want YOU!

Imagine, you are 29-years old, you graduated top of your class from a prestigious university. Your family is super proud that you got that coveted job at a well-established company. Today, you're standing outside your office at a busy city crosswalk, head hanging down with a sign around your neck reading, "I screwed up at work." Your boss ordered you to stand there all day. Living in Tokyo for about 5 years, I often saw this kind of work punishment doled out. As a Westerner, this kind of shaming seemed so foreign, so, well, wrong. How … [Read more...]

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