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Would You Ever Use Your Power To Coerce A Subordinate?

Would you ever use your power to get a subordinate to do something for you? You are fully aware that this is cruel and manipulative, but if there was no chance of getting caught, would you pull rank and take advantage on an inferior?

The movie Office Space is a classic example of how Peter's boss, Bill Lumbergh is constantly asking unreasonable requests from him so that he doesn't have to do the work himself. For example on Friday afternoons he often tells him that he has to work on Saturday followed by, "Ahh, I'm going to have to go ahead and ask you to come in on Sunday, too."

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yayita yayita 9 years
Office stuff is terrible, Ive seen how bad it is and how good it can be. Ive seen both sides, luckily I've never experienced anything negative personally. The best way to work with people is by having fun and giving your subordinates the power to make decisions on their own and trusting them. At my old job in NYC I had 4 people on my team that worked under me and we all got along fab.
Daisy6264 Daisy6264 9 years
No way.
rkdub rkdub 9 years
I wouldn't have people do something just because I was too lazy to do it, or if I had been slacking and therefore was behind. But, if I am slammed to the wall busy, I would have no problem asking someone to help me. After all, people under you or above you should all be a team, and should work together. My boss comes to me and asks me to help with stuff all the time, and it doesn't bother me because she is working her as$ off too...... besides, the quicker it gets done, the quicker I get to go home!!!!
Nicadema Nicadema 9 years
My hormones are on DEFCON 1 today. That came out bitchier than intended. LOL
Nicadema Nicadema 9 years
Why on EARTH would someone who has been a victim of a manipulative lazy ass of a Boss want to perpetuate the same behavior on to other people? Sorry--but the this whole poll is stupid. If you voted for the first option...sorry but that makes you stupid too.
Lakey Lakey 9 years
We are such pushovers!
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
LOL Lakey. Yah me too, but it backfired on me. Nobody explained they couldn't do the dishes for YEARS. Dammit. LMAO.
Lakey Lakey 9 years
Oh yeah, Jen. I think my parents only had me in order to have someone do the dishes, hahaha.
Lakey Lakey 9 years
Office politics are so soul-destroying.
Jinx Jinx 9 years
You wouldn't ask that question if you seen them, lol.
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
I make my son pick up dead bugs for me. Does that count? LOL No, of course I wouldn't do that! Whether or not you get "caught" doesn't matter. Obviously your subordinate would know.
colormesticky colormesticky 9 years
I would never do anything that manipulative, but I'm not above asking for help if I need it.
lovelygirl lovelygirl 9 years
i have 20 persons who work under me, and i've never done that, i have a lot of respect for them !!!
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