HELP! HR Manager Is Trash Talking Me! Who Do I Go To?

Man Dealing With Trash Talking HR Manager

In this week's edition of Well, This Happened, the series that lets you become a career coach, we tackle a workplace dilemma from Eric. Do you think you know how to answer this AWKWARD situation? Let's find out.

Eric writes...

WELL, THIS HAPPENED… I recently discovered that the HR manager for my company has a major issue with me and has been trash talking me to other employees. This has been affecting my ability to work with new hires. She's giving them a preconceived idea of what I'm like that to work with and, because of this, they're being disrespectful and avoiding me.

I have no idea why she would be doing this but it's clearly affecting my ability to do my job. Since you would normally go to HR to file a complaint about someone who's doing this, what should I do? I feel stuck! Help!

This is a very tough situation for Eric to be in, especially since he feels stuck and unsure of who he can talk to.

So, if you were Eric, how would you handle this situation?

A - Send the HR manager an email outlining your concerns and ask what you can do to make your working relationship better so you can both succeed.

B - Report her to your boss. She’s the one running the HR department, she should know better than to conduct herself like this.

C - Send her an email and CC your boss, detailing what has been going on and ask if you can set a meeting with both of them to hash this out.

D - Start trash talking her. She should be able to take it as well as she gives it. Hopefully this will lead her to see how destructive her behavior is.

So, what do you think the right answer is? Cast your vote and let us know!

Also, be sure to check back later this week for our follow-up video that recaps the options and reveals the correct answer.

Good luck!