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    Posted: Nov 25 2012 at 8:43am
Have you ever been exposed to an expert manipulator in the workplace? One who goes out of her way to destroy the reputation of everyone else within the team, yet has the backing of human resources and even, to some extent, of the department manager who is afraid of her clout? Most importantly, has it ever ended well for you? I'm reading a book on this very topic and this person I speak of exhibits all the traits and behaviours ascribed to a workplace bully and manipulator. The problem is that recourse in that type of situation is not always the most effective...
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Yes, I'm not so sure of HR backing but she does have the supervisors tap dancing around her and she has our manager's boss kinda in her corner bc she used to work with him before she transferred to the current region she's at with us..

I don't know what to do about it because I am close to putting in my two weeks notice.

Funny because I was going to make a thread about my situation.
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When an environment is too toxic for me, I just leave.

It's hard to make changes as one person. If she is ruining everyone's reputation and others haven't spoke up about it, then its hard to make things better without some backing/evidence(other people speaking out too).

I hate coming to a job where I am miserable. I am only as loyal to my job as I need to be to progress in my career.
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Originally posted by Miss SDY Miss SDY wrote:

Yes, I'm not so sure of HR backing but she does have the supervisors tap dancing around her and she has our manager's boss kinda in her corner bc she used to work with him before she transferred to the current region she's at with us..

I don't know what to do about it because I am close to putting in my two weeks notice.

Funny because I was going to make a thread about my situation.
I myself am keeping my eyes open for a new opportunity (no luck so far). But this is the second time in a row that I'm confronted with this and it seens that Human resources was not created to defend the employees but management. And my manager is scared sh*tless of her, as she has somewhat managed to get the previous team fired by mounting a case (don't know how the hell she managed that feat, but she did). Now she deems herself invincible. She insults EVERYBODY in the team on a regular basis and will have you believe that only her work is valid and nobody elses. Complaints have been filed against her by other colleagues to no avail. To complicate things further, the manager is not capable of assessing the quality of the work of those that are under her authority and therefore depends on her to do it! This is mind-bogling to me. I'm reading this book called "The bully at work" and this bish fits the profile to a T!

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Originally posted by kkscottdale kkscottdale wrote:

When an environment is too toxic for me, I just leave.

It's hard to make changes as one person. If she is ruining everyone's reputation and others haven't spoke up about it, then its hard to make things better without some backing/evidence(other people speaking out too).

I hate coming to a job where I am miserable. I am only as loyal to my job as I need to be to progress in my career.
 
That's the thing, though. This is the second workplace situation where i've had to leave due to a toxic environment but I'm getting sick of being on the losing end of this. People have spoken up to the manager individually and she knows the deal. Problem is she says one thing to you in private and another in public because she's afraid that her flaws will be revealed. She's the nicest person there is, but her management skills are lacking for allowing this person to roam free and unchecked. And I do have to earn a living,
 
I'd love to know if someone on here has ever battled a similar situation and come out on top, and what they did to protect themselves


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Originally posted by JoliePoufiasse JoliePoufiasse wrote:



Originally posted by Miss SDY Miss SDY wrote:

Yes, I'm not so sure of HR backing but she does have the supervisors tap dancing around her and she has our manager's boss kinda in her corner bc she used to work with him before she transferred to the current region she's at with us..

I don't know what to do about it because I am close to putting in my two weeks notice.

Funny because I was going to make a thread about my situation.

I myself am keeping my eyes open for a new opportunity (no luck so far). But this is the second time in a row that I'm confronted with this and it seens that Human resources was not created to defend the employees but management. And my manager is scared sh*tless of her, as she has somewhat managed to get the previous team fired by mounting a case (don't know how the hell she managed that feat, but she did). Now she deems herself invincible. She insults EVERYBODY in the team on a regular basis and will have you believe that only her work is valid and nobody elses. Complaints have been filed against her by other colleagues to no avail. To complicate things further, the manager is not capable of assessing the quality of the work of those that are under her authority and therefore depends on her to do it! This is mind-bogling to me. I'm reading this book called "The bully at work" and this bish fits the profile to a T!



You just wrote my story almost to a T. This is my second rodeo with a very toxic work environment. I work with this lady on second shift. She starts out as nice. Everyone warned me without warning me about hoe this lady is. Gradually, as I became familiar with the procedures, she started doing less and less and I start doing more and more work. It is to the point to where she is not pulling any weight at all and she makes up fake reasons as to why she can't do this and that. She thinks she's perfect and she has more mistakes than our whole department put together.

I started noticing how fake she is. She grins and kee-kee's in everyone's face and then talks so much sh*t behind their backs. Our direct supervisor let's her do these things because he says she knows a lot about our department. Plus she's cool with our region manager. Once I started noticing these things, and discussing them, my co-workers begin to talk more about her and they wanted me to see for myself vs telling me when I was relatively new. 4 people that worked my same shift with her have quit because of not getting along with this woman and that this woman is lazy. This lady had also went to HR on a few people. But its really hard to get fired from our company so..

But I have not been looking hard for a job just yet because of the holidays but I am about to get to searching hard soon. I'm to the point where I'm boiling over and I've been kind of rude and nasty to her. It's not full fledged like it can be but she knows I hate her now. She's been talking cash money sh*t about me to other co-workers and its out of control now. This woman is 55 years old. She can't take what she dishes out and is known to cry when people go left on her and get in her ass.
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Originally posted by JoliePoufiasse JoliePoufiasse wrote:



Originally posted by kkscottdale kkscottdale wrote:

When an environment is too toxic for me, I just leave.

It's hard to make changes as one person. If she is ruining everyone's reputation and others haven't spoke up about it, then its hard to make things better without some backing/evidence(other people speaking out too).

I hate coming to a job where I am miserable. I am only as loyal to my job as I need to be to progress in my career.



 
That's the thing, though. This is the second workplace situation where i've had to leave due to a toxic environment but I'm getting sick of being on the losing end of this. People have spoken up to the manager individually and she knows the deal. Problem is she says one thing to you in private and another in public because she's afraid that her flaws will be revealed. She's the nicest person there is, but her management skills are lacking for allowing this person to roam free and unchecked. And I do have to earn a living,
 
I'd love to know if someone on here has ever battled a similar situation and come out on top, and what they did to protect themselves



My manager is an awesome man but he is not handling this lady like he needs to either. People in my department complain amongst ourselves but no formal.complaint with HR has been filed yet. We know our direct management ain't sh*t but we hate to go over their heads and want to follow the chain of command. But I have decided to just move on because I refuse to spend my days stressed at a place where I spend 8 hours or more at.

I haven't came out on top in this situation yet. I left my last job and they fired my manager 3 weeks after I started my current job.
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Originally posted by Miss SDY Miss SDY wrote:

Originally posted by JoliePoufiasse JoliePoufiasse wrote:



Originally posted by Miss SDY Miss SDY wrote:

Yes, I'm not so sure of HR backing but she does have the supervisors tap dancing around her and she has our manager's boss kinda in her corner bc she used to work with him before she transferred to the current region she's at with us..

I don't know what to do about it because I am close to putting in my two weeks notice.

Funny because I was going to make a thread about my situation.

I myself am keeping my eyes open for a new opportunity (no luck so far). But this is the second time in a row that I'm confronted with this and it seens that Human resources was not created to defend the employees but management. And my manager is scared sh*tless of her, as she has somewhat managed to get the previous team fired by mounting a case (don't know how the hell she managed that feat, but she did). Now she deems herself invincible. She insults EVERYBODY in the team on a regular basis and will have you believe that only her work is valid and nobody elses. Complaints have been filed against her by other colleagues to no avail. To complicate things further, the manager is not capable of assessing the quality of the work of those that are under her authority and therefore depends on her to do it! This is mind-bogling to me. I'm reading this book called "The bully at work" and this bish fits the profile to a T!



You just wrote my story almost to a T. This is my second rodeo with a very toxic work environment. I work with this lady on second shift. She starts out as nice. Everyone warned me without warning me about hoe this lady is. Gradually, as I became familiar with the procedures, she started doing less and less and I start doing more and more work. It is to the point to where she is not pulling any weight at all and she makes up fake reasons as to why she can't do this and that. She thinks she's perfect and she has more mistakes than our whole department put together.

I started noticing how fake she is. She grins and kee-kee's in everyone's face and then talks so much sh*t behind their backs. Our direct supervisor let's her do these things because he says she knows a lot about our department. Plus she's cool with our region manager. Once I started noticing these things, and discussing them, my co-workers begin to talk more about her and they wanted me to see for myself vs telling me when I was relatively new. 4 people that worked my same shift with her have quit because of not getting along with this woman and that this woman is lazy. This lady had also went to HR on a few people. But its really hard to get fired from our company so..

But I have not been looking hard for a job just yet because of the holidays but I am about to get to searching hard soon. I'm to the point where I'm boiling over and I've been kind of rude and nasty to her. It's not full fledged like it can be but she knows I hate her now. She's been talking cash money sh*t about me to other co-workers and its out of control now. This woman is 55 years old. She can't take what she dishes out and is known to cry when people go left on her and get in her ass.
 
Jeezus, they all use the EXACT SAME STRATEGIES! It's like they have the manipulator's handbook or something! You are going through the exact same thing as I am. The only thing I can tell you is to not be outright rude and nasty to her, but do feel free to take subtle shots. If you're outright rude to her, she'll start crying her white woman tears and paint YOU as the antisocial type. Write down every egregious incident, with dates and details. If possible, enlist the help of other people who also feel slighted to try and see if they can back up your statements (a lot of people won't want to put themselves out there like that but it's worth a try.
 
Other than that, I don't know what else to tell you because I'm in the same predicament and it's hard. Even the book I'm reading is a little bit pessimistic about the outcomes in this type of situation (The advice I just gave you comes from this book) and they tell you to keep your eyes open for a new job at the same time. I just feel like the universe is trying to tell me something and that if I don't somehow manage to get a handle on this, I'll just move on to another job in the same situation again. I even got called the N-word by one of her manager friends and allies when no one was around, 2 weeks ago. I didn't report that because I knew no one would believe me. I might have made a mistake on that one, I don't know...
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Originally posted by Miss SDY Miss SDY wrote:




My manager is an awesome man but he is not handling this lady like he needs to either. People in my department complain amongst ourselves but no formal.complaint with HR has been filed yet. We know our direct management ain't sh*t but we hate to go over their heads and want to follow the chain of command. But I have decided to just move on because I refuse to spend my days stressed at a place where I spend 8 hours or more at.

I haven't came out on top in this situation yet. I left my last job and they fired my manager 3 weeks after I started my current job.[/QUOTE]
 
Same here. What usually happens is that they are genuinely scared for themselves because of the perceived clout that the manipulator seems to be holding or they are completely bamboozled by the person. My manager has told me in private that she's a difficult person to work with, yet she supports her in public because she somehow thinks that her knowledge of the company is precious and unmatched (sic)
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Slip some whisky in her coffee & let her get fired for being drunk on the job. Lol iJoke

It is very difficult to deal with a person like that & unfortunately if you retaliate you will be the bad person.. It's really horrible that your manager is scared of her. Is there noone else higher to approach? I'm sure if your manager finds her job threatened because of this woman she'll spring into action. 
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