Emotional Assault

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about bad boss: He yells at me, insults me and sometimes has threatened to slap me.

I have been working in my office for the past two years and my boss treats me like rubbish. He yells at me, insults me and sometimes has threatened to slap me. He closes very late and does not allow me to leave. I have to wait for him to close even when I am aware he has nothing to do.I feel he is just being wicked and I cannot do anything about it. This is because, in my culture, you cannot talk back to an elderly person, and, moreover, he is a pastor. What to I do, because I am devastated?

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Sensitive and Lonely

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about feeling left out: How can you get people to like you at work after being there for about one and a half years?

How can you get people to like you at work after being there for about one and a half years? It’s hard to talk in the environment we work in as it’s always heads down working. How can I stop being so sensitive and taking things too much to heart?

Signed, Want To Be Liked

Dear Want To Be Liked:

Good for you. You want to be liked and are not ashamed to admit it. Work is hard and it is especially hard when you don’t feel appreciated and have at least one or more coworkers you know are friends. You don’t say what kind of work you do, only that where you work “it’s always heads down.” Therefore, I assume that you are engaged in work that demands attention to what is before you and every second counts. If you have not been able to talk with coworkers after being there for a year and a half, should you give up?

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