Favoritism By The Boss

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about favoritism by the boss

“My boss favors the golden boy manager. How do we (other managers and our staff)
deal with this and keep motivated?”

Our problem is about the difference between a boss and a leader. I am a manager of a Finance team and report directly to the Finance VP — along with four other managers. The problem is that the VP shows favoritism to one of the other managers and it is obvious to all other managers as well as our staff.

This favoritism ranges from giving extra support in meetings to securing financial and people resources, The ‘golden boy’ is on a pedestal (they also have a friendly relationship and have lunch together, call each other on weekends, etc).

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Favoritism By A Supervisor

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about favoritism.

I wanted to know what your advice is on supervisor favoritism.

Signed, Wondering

Dear Wondering:

Apparently you feel your supervisor is favoring a coworker, but you don’t say how. Most of the time favoritism is shown by things like, talking together, going to lunch together, the employee gets special privileges, or the employee’s work is adjusted in some way (either more of the fun work or less of the problem work). What you do in response to favoritism will probably depend on the effect the favoritism has on you and your work.

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