Chapter 8. Only Good Enough to Train Others

When a boss asks you to train other people who are then advanced over you, it can undermine your morale and lead to resentment. The sense of being taken in, and taken advantage of, can become especially troublesome when you have been recruited with great fanfare and repeatedly told what a good job you’re doing. The praise doesn’t seem to jibe with the fact that the people you train get promoted while you remain in place. It’s hard not to feel that your boss is playing favorites. In some cases, such unfair treatment can lead to complaints, or to a union or legal action, when the person who feels used gets angry enough.

That’s what happened to Tamara when she got a job as an office assistant for a large ...

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