Boss Says Do As I Say Not As I Do

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about moonlighting boss:

How can I approach one of my supervisors who has the “Do as I say and not as I do” attitude? He has a business outside of his work for the company and everyone sees things he does that may be borderline of doing his moonlighting while on the job. Also, his moonlighting seems to be conflicting with his job. He plans his regular job around his side business.

Signed, Should I Speak Up?

Dear Should I Speak Up?:

There are three possible approaches to this situation.One is to take the attitude that unless your boss’s actions interfere with your work, you will leave that up to his boss to supervise him. That isn’t as bad as it sounds, if the problems have been minor.The other approach is to document the things that your boss is doing that clearly show a conflict of interest or a rules violation and present or send that in person or anonymously to the person who supervises your boss.The third is to mention the matter to your boss, as you suggested, and tell him the effect it is having on others.One thing to consider is if the boss has permission to work the second job. If he does, he is not violating an ethics rule or a company policy.

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