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 chameleonf
Joined: 12/22/2008
Msg: 19
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You remind me of someone I know. This is a very decent person outside of work but someone I wouldn't be able to stand to work with - always singing their own praises, too emotionally invested with personality conflicts, no problem telling superiors that what they are doing is wrong or he could do it better, etc. This individual constantly loses his jobs over time and can't see who the common denominator is, even after having it pointed out to him that he needs to concentrate on the job and grow a tougher skin when it comes to obnoxious bosses or co-workers. The fellow the girlfriend works with who fired you isn't her boss and she's learned to get along with him over the years, no matter his short comings, which is something you have allowed to fester and likely contributed to in your own dealings with him. If I were you, I'd stifle your urge to harp on your girlfriend to sever ties with the guy and count your blessings that you no longer work in the same organization with her or you'd sabotage the relationship because of it as you are close to doing now.
 BeckyHT
Joined: 1/1/2013
Msg: 20
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Posted: 3/22/2016 12:14:33 PM
JoeFish,
I’m not joining others on this. I do understand Loretta Lynn’s ‘Stand by Your Man’.

It’s an obvious issue here, is she more loyal to a man she’s worked with but isn’t her boss, or is she loyal to you?

If I was the GF in love with you, I’d be loyal to you. I’d slowly distance myself from the other guy, I’d definitely never go to coffee with him again. There are ways she could remain professional in the work environment with all employees, but she doesn’t have to show loyalty to him over loyalty to someone she’s in love with. This really will show who’s she’s most loyal to.

So over time, you’ll know where this is going. I’d be working really hard to find a new job and career. The decision about your GF doesn’t have to be made today. Over time, you’ll know where she stands. I wouldn’t be thinking ‘I want to marry her’, if she won’t stand by her man.
 BelleAtlantic
Joined: 11/7/2012
Msg: 21
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Posted: 3/22/2016 12:26:49 PM
If she is content and doesn't see anything wrong with her workplace, her relationship with this guy, etc, who are you to overstep your boundaries, and want to do something about it? Something may not be acceptable to you, whereas it is perfectly fine with someone else.

All I can say is "stay in your lane".

Yes, I read the whole story and I do believe that things like that are totally plausible. However, when you're good of a "boss", you tend to get another job just as easy because word of mouth is very powerful, and that's assuming you don't have a job right now. On the other hand only she can decide if she wants to change anything about her workplace. She is the one that has to make that decision as she is the one who will have to live with its consequences.
 Kay9876
Joined: 7/4/2012
Msg: 22
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Posted: 3/22/2016 1:14:28 PM

I recently got fired from my job as a manager of a non-profit. I've been with my girl, we'll call her Jane, for most of the year that I worked there....

In my heart I just want her to sever all ties with this psychopath. … She could easily get a transfer within her department. ...

But in my head I think that its probably not right for me to expect this. Her work is her work and our relationship is our relationship. She's known him a lot longer than she's known me, and he has been good at times to her. …

I told her I wanted her to cut ties when I first got fired... To me its a matter of solidarity and loyalty to the relationship. ...

I'm worried I am seeing a big character defect in her, but I know I'm obviously not being objective....Shes been supportive of me through this, made some mild statements denouncing Bob to me and a couple of her coworkers, and even said she's going to 'severely limit their contact', but it doesn't feel like enough

It seems that you're understandably caught up in feelings of pain and injustice about what happened. At the same time, you know it isn't right for you to expect your girlfriend to do what you've asked her to do.

Because your feelings are running high, it's best to step back from the situation and give your girlfriend support in making choices that are right for her. After all, that's love. It's putting the other person's needs and desires first, but not in the sense of doing the other's bidding. Among other things, to love is to honor the other person’s choices (even when you disagree) and to encourage opportunities for growth.

If you’re not in love with your girlfriend, then it might be time for both of you to assess the relationship. Sometimes couples work well together when things are going smoothly, but when the road gets rocky, they realize their incompatibilities and see the need to find more suitable long-term partners.
 Inner_Gorilla
Joined: 12/3/2015
Msg: 23
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Posted: 3/22/2016 2:33:38 PM
I would look at it from this other angle. Does the guy knows that she is dating you? I think you said yes. So he is aware that more than likely she is not very happy with what happened. Soooo, watch the guy, because he may put her on the spot, or even better make her choose or fire her.

I do not think it's right for you to ask her to quit her job. But if this is the type of as s ho le this guy is, she should talk to her own supervisor and see if she can transfer to a different department or set of projects.
 VikingHoosier
Joined: 5/8/2015
Msg: 24
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Posted: 3/23/2016 4:11:17 AM
I can believe everything about the bad boss. Many sociopaths exist in the workplace, especially in management.

The boss would probably be upset just seeing or hearing the OP and the girl having a short platonic conversation.

A plus for her is she didn't abandon him after he lost his job. A negative is the difficulty of not associating her with the bad work experience. On one hand, he could ravage her as a way of getting back at the evil boss who probably thinks she belongs to him.
 Butterchickenchuck
Joined: 9/18/2015
Msg: 25
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Posted: 3/23/2016 11:05:27 AM
What it comes down to is whether or not you can accept your gf remaining chummy with someone she knows treated you badly.


Ideally, in your mind, you wouldn't have to suggest anything to her, she would do things out of loyalty to you.

It seems she doesn't feel it's necessary.

Maybe this is a sign of her not being the right one ?
 yougotmeakitten
Joined: 8/30/2014
Msg: 26
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Posted: 3/23/2016 8:09:04 PM
Butternut... msg 28. Yes I agree. If true, this happened, yes she should be getting out of the situ and moving on.
I don't think she should quit her job. Just move on to another branch and get away from her mentor. On the other hand, she may be using the mentor to climb the ladder, kudos to her and sticking it out.

It seems to me she has her own agenda.

LePew
Is it mentor or menter? hmm... forgive the misspelling if so....
 ThroatLozenge
Joined: 3/2/2016
Msg: 27
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Posted: 3/23/2016 8:41:39 PM
I'm sorry you lost your job.

I've been to marriage counseling prior to getting married.

I was asked what my biggest insecurity was.

I said, "Will she stick with me if I lost my job"

Sir, the sad reality is that many women view men as potential providers. You share what you earn.

The moment she earns more then you? Sh!t hits the fan. At your age at least.

She most likely wants to form a family, and being unemployed doesn't help your situation.

Instead of shaming her or your ex boss, improve your situation.

If you can't provide something she doesn't have? You're doomed.

YMMV
 call_me_tater
Joined: 12/30/2014
Msg: 28
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Posted: 3/24/2016 6:59:56 AM
^^^^^^Did you read the 2nd paragraph?

Thing is this...my boss (call him bob) used to work with Jane but left to run the non-profit I was at (a job he got by default). She was relatively young when she started there and he mentored her (he's married with kids, 15 + years older...no hint of anything inappropriate in their relationship). As head of the non-profit he now works with her in a lateral capacity, but still acts like he's her boss. They've had ups and downs...he's been great to her at times and been a lunatic towards her other times. She's considered him a friend and goes for coffee with him sometimes (always found weird, but w/e).


You would be interested in a married man with a family?

I think you are the same 40 something male troll that keeps coming back as young women when your profiles get deleted....
 2ufo
Joined: 2/28/2015
Msg: 29
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Posted: 3/26/2016 8:08:50 PM

... but it doesn't feel like enough.

It will never feel like enough - not even if she humiliated him and hacked it into the Times Square digital screen you for your birthday.


...I'm worried I am seeing a big character defect in her...

The character defect is in yourself.
You believe the world should turn and people should act as you prefer... even if it is against their own self-interest.
It's an interesting conundrum for her.
 looking4luvxxx
Joined: 5/7/2015
Msg: 30
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Posted: 3/27/2016 9:55:15 AM
your girl should really consider changing depts. That would only be fair if she cares about you.
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