Boss Criticizes Me Based On Gossip

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about loss of boss’s trust: My boss has indicated to me that he sets a play and then I decide to do something different, that I think my way would be better. I’m not sure what to do or how to react. I have been getting great reviews the past 5 years. Now it seems I cannot do anything right.

I have a boss that I admire and respect. I have never worked with anyone that is more transparent and accountable with his work ethic. He walks the talk. However, I am frustrated as a manager because he likes to know the gossip. He will take a small amount of information and fill in the blanks instead of just asking the question. Normally the assumptions seem to be taking out of context and the story telling goes in a negative direction. It is hard to defend.

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