Dear Experts, It's been heavily rumored one of my co-workers will be receiving a promotion soon. This promotion would make her my new boss. Unfortunately, this rumor has gone straight to that individual's head and she has begun ordering me around. If I had to guess, the rumor is true and she'll get this promotion. But until then, do I have to listen to her? I'm worried if I ignore her instructions then she'll fire me when she's promoted. Help! Here is how our CAREEREALISM-Approved Experts answered this question on Twitter: Q#369 Nicely speak 2 her & explain that you are co-workers and will take assignments from ur boss until directed otherwise. (@DebraWheatman) Q#369 You should be the bigger person & a team player. Check w/a supervisor about your responsibilities. (@heatherhuhman) Q#369 Remain professional. Some days, everybody lets things go to their head. It's human nature. It's forgivable. (@resumestrategy) Q#369 Until she is your actual boss, defer all "orders" to your current boss. They will sort it out. (@gradversity) Q#369 When she gives U order, say u'll check w/supv'r 2 make sure it's OK ; ask; get back 2 her w/ansr asap. (@juliaerickson) Q#369 Yes! If you don't listen , you will be shooting yourself in the foot. Smile & do your best work. (@louise_fletcher) Q#369 It's in your best interest to respond professionally to this person, regardles your personal distaste for her behavior. (@DawnBugni) Q#369 U don't have to become her puppet, but don't want to be roadblock either. People "boss" U around only when U let them. (@DawnBugni) Q#369 Assuming anyone else has a brain at the company, you don't have to take orders UNTIL she is supervisor. (@beneubanks) Q#369 Agree w/@heatherhuhman: rise above; respectfully speak w/current boss 2 clarify protocol (i.e. no tone, no whining). (@ValueIntoWords) Our Twitter Advice Project (T.A.P.) is no longer an active campaign. To find an answer to the above question, please use the "Search" box in the right-hand column of this website.
November 12, 2009