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Reader ques­tions whether to stick up for boss

DEAR HARRIETTE: My boss, “Sara,” isn’t the most well-liked per­son at my com­pany. Sara leaves her pack­ages ly­ing around, is very brash and rarely cleans up af­ter her­self. Other em­ploy­ees make snarky com­ments about her be­hind her back when she is not at work. There’s no way to deny that she is all of the pre­vi­ously stated things (she has asked some­one if they are preg­nant or just “got fat”).

Should I de­fend Sara when I hear these state­ments? I don’t want to os­tra­cize my­self, but I feel like I should stick up for my boss no mat­ter what. -- Em­ployee of the Cen­tury, Wi­chita, Kansas

DEAR EM­PLOYEE OF THE CEN­TURY: Watch what you say. You should not de­fend in­ap­pro­pri­ate be­hav­ior, no mat­ter whose be­hav­ior it is. To pro­tect your boss, it would be bet­ter for you to speak to her pri­vately and ex­press your con­cern that when she makes com­ments about peo­ple’s body size and con­di­tion, it is hurt­ful and em­bar­rass­ing, but more, it could put your boss in a com­pro­mised po­si­tion. An em­ployee could ac­cuse her of be­ing dis­crim­i­na­tory or worse.

What you can say when peo­ple talk about your boss is that you think it’s smart for every­one to fo­cus on work. Grip­ing about the boss on the job is not pro­duc­tive.

Harriette Cole is a lifestylist and founder of DREAMLEAPERS, an ini­tia­tive to help peo­ple ac­cess and ac­ti­vate their dreams. You can send ques­tions to askhar­ri­ette@har­ri­et­tecole.com or c/o Andrews McMeel Syn­di­ca­tion, 1130 Wal­nut St., Kansas City, MO 64106.

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