In my 10 years as a 9 – 5 office dweller, I learned some crucial lessons about how to spot master manipulators in the workplace.If you think your boss is a master manipulator – or maybe it’s your coworker, keep reading.
When I was working in corporate America, before I encountered master manipulators and horrible bosses, I was so full of optimism. I was fresh out of high school and college where the rules were so clear. Get good grades (luckily that came easy) and join all the clubs, be the Prom co-chair, and graduate with honors. It felt so good to be good. Following the rules can be totally invigorating. When I started working my first real job (my 2 months as the world’s worst deep dish pizza waitress doesn’t count) I thought the world worked the same way as it did in school. In school, it seemed everyone had mostly good intentions. If you get good grades and showed effort, you were rewarded. Imagine my shock when I found out that the working world is a bizarre, twisted reality where the more earnest effort you put in, the more vulnerable you can be to manipulation. Luckily, I made my way out of corporate America without too much damage.