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Has Your Boss Ever Pitted You Against a Co-Worker?

On this week's Rachel Zoe Project, Rachel makes a questionable management move and invites Brad and Taylor to Paris before realizing one of them is going to have to stay behind at the studio. When she becomes aware of her mistake, she tells them they should decide amongst themselves who will go, thinking Brad will volunteer to stay home.

The suggestion immediately becomes an issue for Brad and Taylor. Taylor tells Brad she thinks Rachel is testing him, Brad calls Rachel and says he doesn't like being tested. Rachel says she doesn't have time to deal with it, and Taylor should make the call. Big time drama! Thankfully, Taylor ends up suggesting Brad go, but the dilemma comes off as completely dysfunctional because it pits the two co-workers against one another. As BuzzSugar notes, "Rachel needed to be able to woman up and just make a boss decision." Has your manager ever delegated a big decision to you and your co-workers because she didn't want to make it?

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SDTransplant SDTransplant 7 years
I can honestly say I love my manager; she's terrific. That was horrible of Rachel to put Taylor in that position, but very big of Taylor to let Brad go to Paris.
mek123 mek123 7 years
I had a manager who won't make any tough decisions, so left it up to team to decide. Not an effective way to manage but the team seemed to work it out without any major battles.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 7 years
My boss pits us against each other on a regular basis. It's one of my biggest issues with him.
longhornlass04 longhornlass04 7 years
Unfortunately, my boss does this all the time. She does it so much so that my team has banded together behind her back and had meetings briefing each other on what she tells us so that we all know we're not against each other.
heatherhas heatherhas 7 years
I don't think a boss has ever done that to me, but as a manager, I can understand why Rachel did that. Its definitely the easy way out. I do think she should have stepped up to the plate and spoken to them together about it. Then they could have avoided all the drama.
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