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Help! I'm on the boss's bad side and don't know what to do

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John Wilcox

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in People Management,The HR Specialist Forum

I was promoted about four months ago. I recently got into a disagreement with one of the owners. It's water under the bridge now, but I have noticed she takes a very aggressive, demeaning and not-so-happy tone with me now. Since the disagreement, I get anxiety attacks when she’s around. I've found myself avoiding her because of this, but contact between us is inevitable. What should I do?—Erika, Florida

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Marlena April 22, 2011 at 9:17 pm

I wish someone would actually answer this question. My supervisor won’t accept my apology. I cannot lose this job and have resorted to fake politeness and almost total avoidance. I wish I had a way to prove him wrong and make him regret the inappropriate way he yelled at me.


HR Manager January 29, 2010 at 4:54 am

Well, I think you know now that the boss is the boss. Even if he/she is wrong, you have to find a way to disagree without being offensive.

I suggest you approach her and sincerely apologize. I’m sure she’s also stressed by the tension between the two of you and she’d just be glad that your good relationship will be restored.


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