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A Survival Guide for Working with Bad Bosses: Dealing with Bullies, Idiots, Back-Stabbers, and Other Managers from Hell by Gini Graham Scott Ph.D.

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Chapter 28. Party Planner

What could possibly be bad about a boss who wants his employees to have fun? A party attitude may seem harmless—even a great benefit—on the surface, but it can become a problem if the boss wants employees to participate in after-hours entertainment and gets mad at employees who don’t want to participate. Even if the employee has a good reason for not joining in, such as family obligations, it doesn’t matter to the party boss. This boss is looking for employees who want to have fun when the workday is over. While those who do join in may enjoy the party and the perks, those who don’t may feel cut off and disadvantaged when it comes time to work.

That’s the situation faced by Patricia, then in her late twenties, when she ...

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