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whigsgeek

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« on: August 23, 2006, 07:31:24 PM »

Would you rather have a job in which ...

1. you have a terrific rapport with your coworkers but a difficult time getting along with your boss, who you don't trust;

or

2. you have a fantastic boss who you trust and respect but you pretty much can't stand the majority of your coworkers?

Both options pay the same with the same benefits.
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Jonathan

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« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2006, 07:39:34 PM »

Option 2

Your co-workers can't fire you. A lying, backstabbing boss can.
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« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2006, 08:31:05 PM »

I'd take 2, as well.
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« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2006, 08:46:40 PM »

Hmmm...I'd take number 1 for a while, and then switch to number 2 if I saw a lonnngg term future and/or was worried about the lying, backstabbing boss.

I suppose I'd rather be social with my coworkers and enjoy hating my boss with them.
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« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2006, 11:17:23 PM »

Well, I have to go with number 1, because that is the situation I am in now.  I absolutely hate my boss, but I love my coworkers.

You're coworkers can throw you under the bus just as easily as your boss can.  At least with a crappy boss you can hopefully impress his boss and give yourself some backup.  And you're coworkers can act as backup as well.
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« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2006, 05:11:54 AM »

In either case, I'm wading in #2.
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« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2006, 08:10:55 AM »

Depends on how often I'd see the boss.
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« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2006, 08:39:47 AM »

I used to have option 3, where I had a good rapport with everybody.  Now I have a different boss and I find myself in option 1 by default.  I mean seriously, the guy just called me to do a "hard target search" for a powerstrip.  How can you like someone like that?
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« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2006, 08:46:06 AM »

I'd go for #2, partly because that's my current situation. My co-workers are suspicious of me mainly because I'm the one who double checks their work before it goes onto the corporate level. They're not outright hostile, more like high schoolers dealing with a substitute teacher. But, having a great boss helps a lot--esp. if you feel like you can go to them with any frustrations, complaints, etc. Then, even though your co-workers might try to throw you under the bus, your boss might not believe them.

Which ever option you choose, make sure anything official is in writing (requests for documents, etc.) and save their replies, that way if they (boss or co-workers) try to throw you under the bus you'll have evidence to support your position.
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« Reply #9 on: August 24, 2006, 09:00:53 AM »

Quote from: "cuddlyevil"
But, having a great boss helps a lot--esp. if you feel like you can go to them with any frustrations, complaints, etc. Then, even though your co-workers might try to throw you under the bus, your boss might not believe them.

Exactly.

Here's the thing. I don't particularly feel the need to be all buddy-buddy with my co-workers. Which is not to say that I wouldn't be friendly with them, but if they don't want to hang out with me and be all pals-y, that's fine with me. I'm around them enough during the day. I don't need to necessarily spend any more time with them. If I have a good rapport with my co-workers, it's a bonus, not a necessity.
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« Reply #10 on: August 24, 2006, 03:53:59 PM »

#1 for me.  I don't spend my day with my boss. I spend it with my coworkers.  And considering "cunt" is the most frequently uttered word in my (shared) office, I wouldn't have it any other way!  Nightmare bosses can be handled if you have a good coworker support system.  If you have a great boss and sucky coworkers, you can't always whine to your boss.  That would get old...and bad quickly.
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« Reply #11 on: August 24, 2006, 04:43:40 PM »

Quote from: "Doug"
I used to have option 3, where I had a good rapport with everybody.  Now I have a different boss and I find myself in option 1 by default.  I mean seriously, the guy just called me to do a "hard target search" for a powerstrip.  How can you like someone like that?


Awesome!  You should up the ante with the military lingo.  If it were me, I would start saying "Let's kick the tires and light the fires!"  at the beginning of meetings.
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« Reply #12 on: August 24, 2006, 04:50:17 PM »

Don't forget: "Texas? Only steers and queers come from Texas. And you don't look much like a steer to me so that kinda narrows it down."

Bonus points if your douchebag boss is actually from Texas.
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« Reply #13 on: August 24, 2006, 04:52:20 PM »

Or, to a coworker:

"How tall are you?"
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"I didn't know they stacked s**t that high."

Full Metal Jacket is awesome--the first half anyway.
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« Reply #14 on: August 24, 2006, 04:56:06 PM »

I forgot this one:

"I will motivate you, Private Pyle, if it short-dicks every cannibal on the Congo. "
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