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Question: The executive director where I work keeps e-mailing job ads for out-of-state positions to my boss. Isn't that considered harassment?

My boss said he just deletes them. It seems rather unprofessional.

So far, I haven't received an e-mail of this nature, but if I do, what would be the best way to handle the situation?  -- Anonymous


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It might be quite possible that your Boss is looking at moving Out-of-State, but has decided not to say anything until he has found employment (which the Executive Director is helping him with). If your Department is responsible for placing ads for employment, these could be samples to consider. If your Boss isn't complaining, then I wouldn't worry about it. However, if your Boss asks the Director to stop sending him the e-mails for Out-of-State jobs and it continues, at that point it could be construed as a type of harassment.

I wouldn't even THINK of getting involved in this situation. How did you find out this is happening? If you have access to your boss's emailbox, did you read it out of curiousity and bring it up, or did the boss mention it to you? He may be "shopping" for another job, and didn't want to admit it. Ignore this unless YOU start getting similar emails.

I'm with Anita! How DID you find out about these e-mail? If your boss told you that seems extremely unprofessional. Best advise! Stay out of it. No matter what the situation, if you get in the middle, you are down the ladder from these two and we all know that trouble rolls downhill.

I agree to stay out of it. Sometimes you need to pick your battles and pick them well and this battle doesn't really seem to involve you so stay clear. I truly believe things work out in the long run so if this boss is being a stinker...it will catch up with him and things will improve.

There's not enough background in the question, so it's really hard to answer.

In these situations, without knowing to much, I would say your boss should look at them as a positive. As though the Director is simply sharing information on growth opportunities with you, for the betterment of their future. First, I would think that there is some kind of communication going on between your boss and the director and and understanding as to why the ads are being sent down. It may very well be the Directors intention that "hey, I'm wanting all my employees to know that opportunities exist"...not necessarily "why don't you get the hell out of here, and go work somewhere else". There is a fine line in perceptions and intentions, and without communications..these two are crossed up very easily.

It's really hard to tell from the post...I'd like to hear your boss's input to the question so there's more to advise from.

I agree with all of the comments. If they aren't being sent to you then don't worry about it. There are a number of reasons why the executive director is sending these jobs to your boss. I had a co-worker whose boss was being sent out of state jobs and it was just so that he could read the job descriptions. They were trying to rewrite a few and they were just researching. If you start getting these emails, just ask the director why he's sending them to you. The best way to find out someone's intentions is to ask.

I agree with all of the comments. If they aren't being sent to you then don't worry about it. There could be a number of reasons why the executive director is sending these jobs to your boss. I had a co-worker whose boss was being sent out of state jobs and it was just so that he could read the job descriptions. They were trying to rewrite a few and they were just researching. He maybe sending them because your boss asked him too and just didn't tell you because he didn't want you to know. He maybe trying to encourage your boss to reach out to higher positions. Since you aren't getting them and your boss doesn't seem to mind no harm done. It isn't harassment. If you start getting these emails, just ask the director why he's sending them to you. The best way to find out someone's intentions is to ask.

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