Magazine article Management Today

What's Your Problem?

Magazine article Management Today

What's Your Problem?

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Q: I recently left a large corporate to work for an entrepreneur I've been here six months and I really enjoy the job but I find the political views of the founder and MD (my boss) difficult to swallow. I'd say I'm a leftie but he is quite on the right (I wonder if he's a member of UKIP). I'm getting tired of biting my tongue and I don't know how to progress with this.

A: Just how big a problem this really is depends to a large extent on the personality of your right-wing entrepreneurial boss. Some bosses with strong and extreme views like to surround themselves with acolytes who either share those views or who are prepared, for the sake of continued employment, to pretend that they do. If your boss expects you to laugh appreciatively at his more outrageous statements - and makes his disapproval abundantly clear when you don't - then your problem is a serious one. The only way you can survive is to live a lie - and you'd hate that.

But it seems more likely that your boss, though more than confident in his own political views, doesn't insist that others share them. …

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