Since I’ve been talking about office foolishness this week on the blog, let me run this scenario by you and get some opinions.
My cube mate was telling me that she went into her manager’s office yesterday and noticed that her manager was upset and red faced. Well, they start talking and the manager just started boo-hooing! My cube mate got up to close her office door to give her some privacy and asked her what was wrong. Seems that our VP (who can be a yeller) apparently dressed her down about something or other, using some profanity I might add, in the hallway something terrible. And the manager was upset (understandably).
To me, whether the manager was right or wrong in this case is not relevant to the point of my post. I’ve been working in Corporate America since 1995. I’ve been laid off, I’ve been fired, and worked for some difficult people. I have NEVER EVER been yelled or cursed at like a child by a manager. EVER. And if I ever did, I can almost guarantee that I would probably be SO fired that particular day. Me and my cube mate were discussing that our VP doesn’t even come at us in that manner (we are both black women, if that makes a difference) and we both interact with him closely on a regular basis.
I think that people need to treat each other professionally in the workplace, even when tensions get high or else they need to step away and get themselves together. Point blank period. Executives don’t get a fucking pass because their paychecks are larger. As far as I’m concerned, the CEO doesn’t even have the right to curse at me.
I also believe that management knows who they can mess with and who they can’t, kinda like how dogs can sense fear in people. LOL!!
What say you? How would you have responded in that type of situation?
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