Skip to comments.My new boss is an opinionated young liberal (vanity)
Posted on 06/21/2013 2:05:23 PM PDT by Catmom
Just found out my new boss is someone I've worked with since she was a student about 15 years ago. She's always been a stellar employee and I don't question why she got the job. It's just that she's been known to throw her opinions around at work, especially with conservative coworkers.
For example, early last year, when she was still a house supervisor, I went to her and complained about the huge number of nurses in our hospital who refuse to speak English at work.
I only came to her to vent because we've know each other so long. She gave me an uncomfortable look and said, "Well, that's a very conservative opinion." Taken aback, I responded to her that my concern had nothing to do with politics because the hospital has an English only policy and it clearly wasn't being enforced. She stunned me further by telling me that she'd never heard of it, but that she would look it up.
Stunned, I shared this conversation with one of the charge nurses who has had to deal with ongoing complaints from patients and families about the same problem. I didn't intend to start trouble but word got around the hospital about this and the managers, thank goodness, had meetings with their staff about the English at work policy. I didn't get into trouble and, so far as I know, neither did my new boss, but I'm sure she hasn't forgotten this.
I have since had conversations with former coworkers of hers to the effect that she's pretty free in expressing her opinions and confronting those who disagree. But not in an obnoxious way; that's not her style. I just hope she'll have the good sense to focus on job performance and leave politics, her own and other's, out of her supervision of them.
Any advice you have to share will be much appreciated.
Are you a nurse?
Find another job. I do not work nor associate with libs (that I know of, some may hide it well).
I’m an RN in a large hospital near Seattle.
Always be kind, and take their logical argument to the nth degree. Example:
A. You know welfare helps blah blah blah....
B. Perhaps we should all get welfare then!
A. Global warming happens because of energy blah blah blah....
B. Why not just get rid of energy altogether and save the planet?
A. Obamacare is great because blah blah blah....
B. Yes, it’s so sad to people in our own government quit because they fear it so much.
I’m 59 years old with a lot of seniority there. It’s not a good job market out there, even for nurses and especially for old ones.
Isn’t there a nurse shortage throughout the nation? If so and if your lefty boss wants to give you static ... move. I’ll send you some RN openings.
I only do this in my head. Liberals are trouble makers, especially when they wield power.
That's probably a wise suggestion for everyone involved (but always have a snappy reply ready in case they try to push your buttons...)
You should have zero political conversations at work. It simply isn’t safe as liberals will abuse their power to shut you down. If the subject strays to the political, leave as soon as you can. Do not disagree with the boss. Do not raise to the bait. They don’t want your opinion. You’re an employee and that’s it.
(I drove liberals crazy by asking them questions the answers to which disproved what they were saying. They can’t take it and they resent it.)
Make it look like an accident.
Find common ground and stick to that.
Enjoy your work, serve the Lord and teach her by example of your excellence, patients, and kindness.
You are the elder and should be honored, but do not expect it. And you should respect her for her abilities and give no heed whatsoever to her politics. Help her to become a good leader, and she will come to understand your values.
If it is a good job and you can stand it, do your job and don’t respond. Good jobs are hard to come by and she won’t last forever.
And don’t try to take any harassment issues to HR. They’re probably a lot more liberal than your boss. They won’t see it your way.
Politics has nothing to do with your or her job. Show a little maturity and downplay it.
If she’s smart she’ll follow your lead.
She’ll be better at her job if she does.
My advice? Do your job to the best of your ability each day. Serve God. Don't allow these yahoos to move you away from any place or thing that God has placed you. Silence says a lot. Move on focus on work. If you are bated continue to focus on your work. That is what you are paid for. If something happens and you lose your job, God will provide. You just do your job of being the best RN you can be.
Don’t talk politics at work....it’s not worth it. If she pushes it tell her you’re not interested in politics. Once that’s established I doubt that she will look your way again. I know when you are around people 8 hours a day people tend to talk about personal issues....don’t. It gets you nothing but trouble. These people are your associates; not your friends.
“You are the elder and should be honored”
That used to be the case between us but, apparently, no longer.
If you live near Seattle you best just bite your tongue and avoid the topic of politics. Just pointedly change the subject if the woman makes any political comments at all. If she brings up the language policy again, tell her that it isn’t political, it is a safety issue and a matter patient confidence. ( No one wants nurses or aids speaking a language they cannot understand, while they are stuck in a hospital bed).
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