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Open Discussion: What’s the Strangest Thing your Boss has Asked you to do?

Open Discussion: What’s the Strangest Thing your Boss has Asked you to do?

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I bet you that at least once you have been in an awkward situation at your job that involved your boss. According to a study made by CareerBuilder, 23% of the employees reported that their bosses ask them to perform tasks that are not related to their jobs.

It is completely normal when your boss asks you things like: “When are you going to finish your paperwork?”, “Can you stay two or more hours to finish this thing?”, or “Why are you googling memes instead of working?!?” OK, you probably aren’t doing that at work, but you get the point.

Well, there is a very thin, almost invisible line, between a normal work-related question and an asked favor that is completely inappropriate. The important thing here is to differentiate between them so that you can avoid situations that you don’t want to be in.

Examples of some strange things that bosses have asked their employees:

Things unrelated to your job.

“My boss asked me to be in a photo shoot for an ad dressed as a superhero”.

“She asked me to pluck a black hair off her face before a meeting”.

Requesting Personal Favors

“The boss asked me to be a surrogate mother for her – more than once.”

“He asked me for a back rub”.

Something very Embarrassing or Illegal

“She asked me to wait on her illegally parked car”.

“He asked me to lend him money for….”

  • How to Keep a Good Relationship with your Boss

No matter what weird thing that has been done or said to you by your boss, you have the right to say no. First, remember to have a good relationship with your boss, and if you want to keep it that way, communication is very important. So, first listen, be patient, and then be clear and polite about what is or is not appropriate behavior.

To read a great article which includes four ways to tactfully say no to your boss, CLICK HERE. However, if your boss continues in the inappropriate behavior, you may need to seek the counsel of your HR department.

How to Say No to Your Boss

What strange things has your boss requested you to do and how did you handle the situation? Comment below:

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Being Darth Vader at Work ain’t Easy

Being Darth Vader at Work ain’t Easy…


The American Psychiatric Association (APA) has diagnosed Darth Vader with a Borderline Personality Disorder. So, if you want to be a boss, who is perceived as Darth Vader, what does that mean for you?

Be UNSTABLE and IMPULSIVE… To become a Darth Vader boss, you must adopt the mentality of an unstable and impulsive teenager. Just like Darth Vader ordered his men to “tear the ship apart”, you might yell at your staff to start the project all over!! This is NOT what YOU had in mind!!! You should not tolerate any mistakes by your staff so that no errors are made.

Be ANGRY… Any bad news, or set backs, will be responded to with severe punishment, like yelling at your staff in front of a large meeting, or public firings.  Fly off the chain at every little thing that may make you angry. The point here is to make an individual employee feel small and stupid for their error so that everyone will see them as an example of what not to do.

Be FEARFUL and STRONG… The result of your behavior will cultivate FEAR in the office that will, in turn, control everyone.  No one should be making decisions on their own! Make your people ask you before they do ANYTHING! You are the boss, the project manager, and the ultimate decider. The buck stops here! Show your STRENGTH with intensity. If something happens to go well, it was definitely your idea.

Be EMOTIONALLY UNAVAILABLE… As a Darth Vader boss, nearly everyone in the office should know that you have an estranged relationship with your family and spouse. You are possibly feeling abandoned because they don’t agree at how you’ve turned out. Maybe you work too many hours and are focused more on work than building personal relationships. Vader also had an unstable viewpoint of his Jedi masters. So, you will have a shaky relationship with your superiors and/or mentors at work too.

Be SECRETIVE and MYSTERIOUS… Keep your identity secret from everyone. Your outer appearance should be of strength and power! However, deep down you have a tender heart and are just trying to overcome some very personal losses. Darth Vader had lost his mother, and later his wife. Regardless of what you have lost, you are depressed. Therefore, you’re afraid to be found out. So this will only intensify your need to conceal your identity.

In the end, you will find yourself as an unstable, intense, estranged, angry, and secretive Darth Vader boss. You will be perceived as the meanest, most intimidating, and mysterious boss EVER!

Don’t Act Like Darth Vader!

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Three Ways to Be a … Terrible Mean Girl Boss

High School Never Ended for the Mean Girl Boss… 3 Ways to Be a…

Terrible Mean Girl Boss

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#1) Gain Power by High Maintenance

The first objective of a mean girl boss is to gain power. This is done through a high maintenance strategy of a self confidence boosting physical appearance. Wear the latest trends, drive a flashy car, claim your parking spot, and decorate your office with your special touch. Working in an office with other women is rough business. Therefore, the only way to intimidate other women coworkers is to always be put together and beautiful. High maintenance is the key to your success as a mean girl boss!

Office policy: Always look put together!

#2) Establish your Clique of Mean Girls

Once you’ve achieved your position of mean girl boss, next you’ll need to establish your clique of mean girls. Always recruit one stupid girl. She will follow and never question your position. Next, find an appoint a know-it-all to keep you up to par on anything and everything job related. Avoid shy girls as they will buckle under pressure, and not be useful, when you need someone to get your back. Your clique of mean girls is very important to your confidence. If at any point, one of these girls tries to turn into a mean girl to you, immediately make an example of them by firing her.

Motivation: Upgrading personal gain & social status.

#3) Set Mean Girl Boss Standards

Be strong with your mean girl clique, but keep them on your side. Undermining, belittling, and talking behind their backs is ok by you, but do not tolerate this treatment by anyone else. Set standards that are impossible for anyone to follow, including your employees. As a result, your group will try harder to meet your expectations. Invite a select few allies to meet after work for drinks to carry on in a gossip session where you pick on many of those who were not invited. Align yourself with the most influential people in the organization. Step on anyone who obscures your path. Take credit for others work. Take every opportunity to make an employee the center of attention and feel stupid.

Objective: Make your clique the envy of your office.

How to Cope With a Mean Girl Boss:

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New Study Results: Everybody Suffers Under a Bully Boss

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New Study Results: Everybody Suffers Under a Bully Boss

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Bully bosses are toxic! Their abusive speech and other bad behavior spreads like a virus, infecting the whole office.

Bully bosses communicate by losing their temper, yelling, and belittling their subordinates.  Often a bully boss will single out one employee to take out their negativity or aggression. If you’ve ever had to experience the abuse of a bully boss, you know how draining it can be.

However, the whole team will suffer at the hands of a bully boss, according to a new study by a team of researchers at Michigan State University. The study showed that the entire team suffers when a bully boss picks on just one employee.

How does the team suffer? Their productivity decreases as a direct result of verbal abuse and/or demeaning E-mails from the bully boss. Not only does a targeted employee suffer, but the whole team falls into conflicts which results in a loss of productivity.

“Teams characterized by relationship conflict,” lead investigator Crystal Farh said in a press release, “are hostile toward other members, mistreat them, speak to them rudely and experience negative emotions toward them.”

The whole group’s attitudes and behaviors start to reflect those of the bully boss as they act in a similar and hostile manner toward one another. The sobering truth is that everyone suffers at the hand of a bully boss.

When this happens, the company loses big time because now the whole team requires interpersonal relationships to be repaired. Trust among group members will have to be rebuilt as well.

Resources:

  • Entis, Laura. (2014) Bosses Who Pick on One Employee Ruin Everyone’s Productivity, Study Shows. Retrieved on September24, 2014 from http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/237110.
  • Farh, Crystal & Andy Henion. (2014). Abusive Leadership Infects Entire Team. Retrieved on September 24, 2014 from http://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2014/abusive-leadership-infects-entire-team/.
  • Farh, Crystal & Chen Z. (2014). Beyond the Individual Victim: Multilevel Consequences of Abusive Supervision in Teams. Retrieved on September 24, 2014 from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25111251.

The Boss from Hell…The Bully

Disclaimer: Working for a bully boss is distressing. Do you have a real life experience working for a bully boss? Please tell us about it in the comments below.

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