I Talked About My Assistant Manager

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about talking about the boss:

If I talk about my manager at work on break to a coworker and that coworker goes back and tells the manager, can I get into trouble?

Signed, Uneasy

Dear Uneasy:

Yes. Gossip can get you in trouble. What kind of trouble? That depends on what you said and the boss-bossed relationship you have had with that manager. I assume what you said was not a compliment. A complaint about an assignment is one kind of gossip. To blame a boss of stupidity is another. To accuse a manager of misconduct short of a crime certainly hurts his/her reputation. To falsely accuse of a crime is slander. Some managers upon hearing gossip about them will store it away; others may ignore it.

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