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How To Succeed At Work — When Your Boss Hates You

Source | Forbes : By Liz Ryan

Dear Liz,

Everything about my job is great — even ideal — except my relationship with my boss.

My manager “Phil” doesn’t like me and he doesn’t bother to hide his feelings.

I transferred into the department a year ago. Phil came in about a month after I got there. He was promoted from a field position.

When he became our manager, Phil sat down with each of his employees to talk about our role and our goals for the year.

At the end of my one-on-one meeting he asked me “Why did they hire you into this department? What did they think you would add?”

That took the wind out of my sails.

I said “Allison, the manager you replaced, told me that she was hiring me because of my experience with databases and my analysis skills.”

“Those things aren’t important to me,” Phil said. It’s been downhill with me and Phil ever since.

I can’t get Phil’s attention. He ignores me. He isn’t hostile but he has never told me “Thanks,” or even “Have a good weekend.” He has never asked me about my work.

At our weekly staff meeting, Phil cuts me off whenever I say anything. Outside of the staff meeting, he pretends I don’t exist.

I could be a ghost as far as Phil is concerned. How can I succeed in the job when my boss hates me?

Thanks Liz –



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